Illegal Bonfires & Fireworks Misuse
As well as being illegal, bonfires in a public places are
- Fire can easily spread to nearby buildings, trees &
- Fire can travel at a speed of up to 14mph across a field -
that's around the same speed as riding a bike.
- If you throw plastics, rubber or painted materials onto a fire,
they produce fumes which are toxic to people.
- Even by lighting a small fire in a public space, you can put
somebody else's life at risk, because if the fire service is called
out to put out the small fire - it could stop them from attending
to other emergencies - such as house fires.
Those caught building illegal bonfires could
- Criminal prosecution.
- A fixed penalty notice or on the spot fine.
- An acceptable behaviour contract.
- A civil injunction.
Fireworks - The Law
- It is an offence (punishable by fine) to let fireworks off in a
- The age limit for buying most fireworks is 18.
- All sparkler packets must carry the parental warning: 'Warning:
not to be given to children
under five years of age'.
- It is against the law to sell or supply bangers, aerial shells,
mini rockets and some types of
bigger roman candles to the public.
- Some fireworks, such as party poppers, can be sold to people
over 16 years of age.
- It is illegal for shopkeepers to break open retail packets of
fireworks and sell them individually.
This is because the instructions are printed on the packet and not
on the individual fireworks.
Fireworks for individual sale do not come in packs.
- You can't set off fireworks after 11pm, (except for
Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight and
New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is
Tackling Anti-social Behaviour (ASB)
We will be running Stay Safe Operations on both Halloween &
bonfire night - to remove young vulnerable people (those who may be
at risk of becoming involved in crime & asb, or of becoming a
victim of crime themselves) off the streets and take them to a safe
To dowse out any anti-social behaviour caused by the minority,
our partners in Merseyside Police, will be patrolling local
neighbourhoods regularly to ensure people can enjoy the festivities
safely - but they can't do this alone and ask for parents and
guardians to help by being aware of their children's whereabouts
If you know of anybody letting off fireworks dangerously,
committing anti-social behaviour or damaging your area purposely to
build illegal bonfires, please report them to the Police on 101 or
via the Police Contact Centre on Facebook www.facebook.com/MerseysidePoliceCC
& twitter @MerPolCC ( If it's an emergency call 999).