Bonfire Night 2022: How to dispose of fireworks safely

Fireworks are a spectacular sight on Bonfire Night, but they must be handled with care.  (Getty Images/EyeEm)
Fireworks are a spectacular sight on Bonfire Night, but they must be handled with care. (Getty Images/EyeEm)

Britons are being urged to dispose of fireworks safely as the UK prepares for Bonfire Night celebrations.

City councils and fire services have issued the warning before the annual event in an effort to keep people and wildlife safe.

For every firework purchased, there should be manufacturers’ instructions attached, so make sure to read them on the day.

Remember to never go back to a firework once it has been lit, throw the device or put it in your pocket.

Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick, and stand well back.

Wait a while to ensure all fireworks have been used.

Once you’ve confirmed no more fireworks will go off, here’s how you can dispose of them safely.

How to dispose of fireworks safely

You should submerge the firework in a bucket of water for at least an hour. Then place the soaked firework(s) in a plastic bag and put it in the bin.

This method should be used for the disposal of all fireworks.

Fireworks can still be burning on the inside long after the sparks have stopped, therefore it's vital to put them out properly.

Further guidance on the safe disposal of fireworks may be available from the retailer or manufacturer.

If you’re using sparklers during the night, make sure to use one at a time and wear gloves.

Keep a bucket of water near by and put them in the water as soon as they’ve finished to cool them down.

What does the law say?

The 28 Explosives Regulation (ER14) requires that explosives or explosive-contaminated items must be discarded or disposed of safely.

Any person who decontaminates explosive-contaminated items must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they are decontaminated safely.

The Order of Secretary of State 11 states people must not deposit explosives in receptacles or places appropriated for refuse. Explosives should also not be handed or forwarded to persons or vehicles employed or appropriated for the removal or conveyance of refuse.