How Do Fireworks Laws Differ From Country to Country?

Wherever you look around the world, debates around the safety of fireworks and the regulation of their use are often controversial, with heated discussions taking place on a regular basis between both politicians and members of the lay public.

We explored how fireworks laws differ in some of the most prominent countries and societies around the world. Most countries do have in common the fact that there is some sort of age regulation around the sale and use of fireworks, typically either 16 or 18.

United States

Fireworks laws in the United States are among the most complex and potentially confusing in the world. Part of this is obviously down to the way that the states are self-governing with very few laws from the federal government being all-encompassing.

In the US, some states carry an outright ban on sales of all fireworks, even on things as innocuous as a handheld sparkler.

Almost half of the American states permit the sale of any type of fireworks to those over the age of 16 or 18, although even then there are restrictions on when they are sold. Typically, these states have two selling seasons around the 4th of July celebrations as well as Christmas and New Year.

Many stores sell fireworks on the provision that they are used in another state, while Hawaii and Nevada have perhaps the most complex laws, as every country can create their own!

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United Kingdom

In the UK there has been stringent regulation in place over the last decade or so following a number of incidents involving fireworks. The majority of these incidents involved the sale of fireworks to minors, so naturally the focus of much of this regulation has been on dealing with retailers caught selling to those under the age of 18.

Similar to the US, there are restrictions around when fireworks can be sold, although specialist fireworks retailers are able to do so all year round. In the UK, the sale in general stores is restricted to the periods around Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year, Diwali, and Chinese New Year.


In Australia, backyard fireworks have been the subject of an outright ban for over three years. Anyone is permitted to buy simple fireworks such as sparklers and party poppers (termed Type 1 in Australia) however to buy others the buyer has to have a licence.

Hard Action

In the South American country of Chile, the law states that only certified fireworks companies are allowed to possess and use fireworks. Anyone caught contravening this law can find themselves facing a military caught: in Chile, fireworks are classified as dangerous explosives.

This article is written by Fireworks Crazy, an online and showroom seller of some of the best fireworks with excellent prices.

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