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Bonfire night and fireworks


Celebrate bonfire night in the safest possible way by attending an organised fireworks display.

Organised displays 2017

Friday 3 November 2017

Saturday 4 November 2017

Sunday 5 November 2017

Monday 6 november 2017

  • Beamish Hall, Beamish, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB. Find out more at Beamish Hall events 

Having bonfire night at home

Make sure you stay safe and within the law.

Safety

Around 1,000 people are injured by fireworks every year - 5% of those injuries are serious. The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties and around half of those are to children under the age of 17.

Did you know? A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph and sparklers are five times hotter than cooking oil.

The law

Buying fireworks

Retailers need a licence to sell fireworks and it is also illegal for them to sell to anyone under 18. Help us by reporting any illegal sales to our Trading Standards team.

Letting off fireworks

The law states where and when you can let off fireworks. You can find out more at Gov.uk: fireworks and the law

Bonfires

Each year, the fire service deals with hundreds of nuisance incidents relating to bonfires. If you see an illegal bonfire being built, report it to us and will organise for the bonfire to be dismantled.

Make sure you don't leave your rubbish bin out. It, or the rubbish in it, can be used for fuel. A replacement bin costs £20.00.

Making the bonfire night period safer

Partners involved in the Safe Durham Partnership work together before, during and after the bonfire night period to make it safer. Work includes:

  • police and fire officer visits to schools
  • routine garden checks
  • 'Fireworks and the Law' information leaflet distribution
  • illegal bonfire removal
  • police and council enforcement officer patrols of known hotspots
  • trading standards officer retailer checks
  • reports of the sale of illegal fireworks and the sale of fireworks to people under the age of 18 are followed up
Contact us
Customer Services
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ

Trading Standards
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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