Are you familiar with the laws around fireworks?

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Unfortunately, with the challenges presented by the pandemic and new national restrictions we are unable to host any fireworks displays in our parks this year.
Please remember: you are not permitted to set off fireworks or to light bonfires in any of our parks and open spaces.
Thames Valley Police will have additional patrols out and about this year.


Are you familiar with the laws around fireworks?

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to under 18s
  • It is illegal for a person under 18 to possess an adult firework in a public place. This excludes sparklers, caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw downs.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except:
    • 5 November – extended to midnight

When celebrating Bonfire Night this year, please continue to follow the legislation around Coronavirus to stop the spread of the deadly virus and help keep people safe.

Police officers will be conducting extra patrols around Bonfire Night and will continue to explain the legislation. However, if we see people knowingly breaching the restrictions, we will look to enforce.

As an emergency service, we will always prioritise 999 calls so you may experience a delay when making a non-emergency call on 101.

If your call is not an emergency, you can report a crime or anti-social behaviour to us online. A dedicated team of operators work 24/7 to read and act on reports that are submitted, meaning you don’t have to wait on hold for your 101 call to be answered.

Report a crime

Report anti-social behaviour

Report a possible breach of Coronavirus

Please remember that fireworks can legally be set off between 7am and 11pm, and on Bonfire Night between 7am and midnight. We will not respond to reports of fireworks during these hours.


  • Fireworks are noisy which can upset very young or elderly people as well as pets.
  • Fireworks can cause damage and serious injuries if not used properly.
  • Small fires should be reported to the Fire & Rescue Service on 999. Small fires can quickly escalate and firefighters are better equipped to deal with these situations.


If you are concerned about someone setting off or throwing fireworks in a public place, you can report this to the police by calling 101.