This section provides a useful information about the UK Pyrotechnics society including its aims and goals, its management structure, and its strategy for the future.

The society is a private company limited by guarantee (a not-for-profit organisation) and registered in England and Wales number 05742247. The society was incorporated in 2006 and its objectives are:

  • To preserve the heritage, science, history and art of British fireworks manufacture
  • To promote and encourage pyrotechnics as a practical subject and science
  • To promote the safe and responsible storage and use of fireworks by members of the general public
  • To amass an archive of literature relating to many aspects of pyrotechnics
  • To clarify the laws relating to the manufacture and storage of explosives for our membership
  • To establish the society as the liaising body with the HSE and other regulatory agencies in relation to the subject of firework construction by enthusiasts
  • To support the UK fireworks industry as a whole
  • To represent the general public in legislatory matters relating to fireworks

The society is mainly concerned with the manufacture of fireworks. Historically in the UK, domestic manufacture has long been in decline with most production now carried out in the Far East. Despite this there is a thriving community of individuals whose interest and passion is the display and manufacture of fireworks and pyrotechnics.

In the UK, the manufacture and storage of explosives is highly regulated, and so the society’s priorities are to clarify the legal position of our members and provide guidance to our members on how they can go about safely and legally pursuing their hobby.

To achieve this we are in the process of:

  • Contributing extensively to the ongoing HSE-led Explosives Legislative Review exercise.
  • Preparing legal guidance with assistance from the HSE, Police explosives liaison officers, and other interested parties.
  • Consulting our members about their specific needs.