As Bonfire seasons hots up in Ballymena many people are looking forward to some Forewirk displays and are buying Fireworks. But did you know that many products are illegal in Northern Ireland. Here is a handy guide which will help to keep you correct.

Photo Credit: Nicola Osborne; Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Nicola Osborne; Creative Commons

The following types of fireworks are illegal:

  • aerial wheels
  • bangers
  • double bangers
  • flash bangers
  • batteries and combinations containing bangers, double bangers or flash bangers
  • jumping crackers
  • jumping ground spinners
  • spinners
  • mini rockets and shot tubes whose principal effect is a bang or whose internal diameter is greater than 30 millimetres

Fireworks must not be sold on a street or in a public place. A public place is anywhere the public are entitled or permitted access, including parks, school playgrounds and bus stations. To be on the safe side, think of a public place as anywhere other than your own garden.

Fireworks offences carry a maximum fine of £5,000 or six months’ imprisonment. More information about FIreworks can be found at NIdirect by clicking here.  Hopefully this advice from Ballymena Today will help you plan your fireworks display safely and legally.