Fireworks are let off year round to mark an ever increasing number of celebrations such as Bonfire Night, New Year and religious festivals, and also to mark public and private celebrations Every year during the Hindu Festival of Diwali, Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night and on New Year's Eve thousands of fireworks are set off in celebration.

Although the vast majority of fireworks are used with caution and care, incidences of dangerous and thoughtless use give concern each year. The noise caused by fireworks also causes concern to the elderly and to pets and their owners.

The Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibit anyone under 18 from possessing fireworks, and anyone except professionals from possessing display fireworks. These regulations also prohibit the use of fireworks at night (11 pm 7 am) in England and Wales, with extensions for the following festivals:
  • Until 1 am on the night of Chinese New Year
  • Until 1 am on the night of Diwali
  • Until 1 am on New Year's Eve
  • Until midnight on 5th November.
These regulations are enforced by the police.
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