Whilst fireworks can provide great entertainment, they can pose a risk to safety, cause annoyance and disturb people and animals. To tackle such issues, there are legal controls under Firework Regulations 2004. For local queries about firework licensing and the sale and use of fireworks you should contact Hampshire County Council.

One such provision, enforced by the Police, is to prohibit the use of "adult fireworks" between 11pm and 7am, with extensions for the following festivals:

  • Until midnight on the night of 5th November
  • Until 1am on New Years Eve night
  • Until 1am on the night of Chinese New Year
  • Until 1am on the night of Diwali

In some circumstances, the Council may be able to take action using provisions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for Noise Nuisance (see relevant link to the side of the page).

Useful Information

A helpful leaflet on the subject of fireworks is available free of charge to view and print off from the Environmental Protection UK website at

Fireworks Leaflet is available in the documents area on the right of this page.

Other sources of information about Fireworks :
The Department for Business and Innovations Skills website at:

For further information, please contact:

Environment Protection Team
Telephone: 01264 368000