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Can Fireworks be Shipped?

Fireworks are not your average delivery item. While they bring joy to many people and they are extremely pretty to look at, you’re still talking about explosives when it comes to fireworks. So can they be shipped?

The fireworks industry is tightly regulated industry and there are plenty of rules people should be aware of. These rules and regulations also cover shipping and we’re here to explain to you the key things you should know about shipping fireworks so that your buying experience will be pleasant. After all, the more secure your use of fireworks, the more fun you’ll have with them.

All about the classification

How and where fireworks can be shipped depends largely on the classification of the specific firework. There are different ways of classifying fireworks but each commercial firework will use one of the following methods:

  • UN test results and information from the manufacturer
  • The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Explosives Storage and Transport Committee Classification
  • Local national authority classification
  • Technical data on the performance

In addition, the fireworks will receive a Competent Authority Document (CAD), which is used to assign an appropriate shipping method.

International deliveries

Firework manufacturers operate internationally. Many fireworks at Firework Crazy come from China and these can be shipped by the manufacturer straight to the importer. You need quite a bit of paperwork to do this – both the manufacturer and importer have to have valid CAD documentation to ensure the shipping is valid and safe.

On the other hand, importers and retailers can’t sell fireworks abroad. That’s why Firework Crazy delivers only to customers in the mainland UK.

Local deliveries

When you buy from our online shop, you can get your fireworks delivered straight on your front door. However, the fireworks are not sent by post – they always use a special courier system. This makes it sure the couriers are aware the content (i.e. that they are explosives) and they have the right qualifications to handle it.

Furthermore, all the consignments must always be signed for. You won’t find the delivery company ditching these packages on your front lawn or your “designated safe place.” You must have someone over the age of 18 sign for the order and possibly even show identification.

If you’ve ever wondered why the shipping cost might seem expensive, it is down to the above regulations. Each package must be packed with expert packaging material, the courier costs are more expensive and the shipping includes a hazardous material surcharge.

Driving with fireworks

It’s a good idea to also remember that driving with your own car or van full of fireworks might cause insurance problems. Certain car insurances might not cover your desire to move your fireworks from one spot to another – you often need a special license to transfer large amounts of explosives. So keep this in mind before you take a road trip with your fireworks, even if you’re just driving them an hour down the road to your display site.

Safe and secure firework delivery

To ensure your fireworks are delivered safely, you should always buy fireworks from professional, licensed companies. Please contact the seller if you want to return any damaged or unwanted goods – they will always help you arrange for shipping.

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Delivery Information

Next Day

 – You will receive your order the following working day from day of despatch (not including Saturday/Sunday). We endeavour to dispatch all orders placed before 12pm the same day although this is not always possible in our busy season, October – December. If you require your order by a certain date enter this in the “order notes” section on the next page. All dates are treated as the latest date for delivery NOT the date you would like delivery.

Hold For Later Delivery

– This option is for those who would like us to hold on to their order and deliver it nearer to the date of their display. You should enter this date in the “order notes” section on the next page.

Collect from Chelmsford Store

– Select this option if you would like to collect your order. Enter the date you would like to collect and AM/PM in the “order notes” section on the next page. Collection is not available on SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2019. You will be required to bring the card you used to pay with and photo ID before you can collect your order. THESE MUST MATCH.

Add to Existing Order

 – If you already have an order with us and would like to add to it before it is shipped, select this option then enter your existing order number in the “order notes” section on the next page.

Saturday Delivery

 – Enter the date you would like your order delivered in the “order notes” section on the next page. If this is blank your order will be delivered on the next Saturday after the day of ordering. PLEASE NOTE it is not possible to deliver orders on the Saturday either side of Bonfire Night, Christmas or New Year


 – Your order will be delivered before midday the day after it has been dispatched (excluding Saturday / Sunday)

Before 10:30 am

 – Your order will be delivered before 10:30am the day after it has been dispatched (excluding Saturday / Sunday).