Trade in pyrotechnic products is associated with high seasonal profit. A few weeks before New Year’s Eve, dozens of stands with rockets, launchers and Roman fireworks sprout in practically every city. The sale of fireworks does not require any special licenses or permits. Only for the manufacture and sale of explosives a special license is required. What law applies to seasonal and full-year firecrackers? How does the trade in fireworks look from the legal side? What should you know when starting a business in the pyrotechnic industry?
First of all: what are the provisions of the amended Act on Explosives?
Amendment to the Act on Explosives – sale of fireworks.
On April 20, 2016, the amendment of acts on explosives for civil use came into force. Its aim is to provide access to the EU market for Polish producers and sellers of explosives. The provisions order the fireworks circulation throughout the European Union and are the same in all Member States. The issues related to the production of materials at the place of their use and the purpose of producing fireworks for their own needs were regulated. By law, anyone who carries out fireworks sales is obliged to inform buyers about their safe use. Three important directives have also entered into force: 2013/29/EU, 2014/28/EU, and 2014/58/EU. The changes mainly concern the method of information and fire standards. All requirements regarding fireworks production and sales safety are known. Below is their current classification. Every pyrotechnic article that is on the market must have up-to-date technical documentation. Labels on fireworks are to be legible and must contain a number of data, such as: product number, type, batch, name, manufacturer’s details and data to check the origin of the product and find it in the producer’s supply chain. In fireworks wholesalers PyroTech you will find only the correct, marked pyrotechnic articles with full documentation. All products in our offer meet the provisions of the EU acts on explosives.
New classification of pyrotechnic articles:
Fireworks traiding is a responsible occupation. As a professional seller you should know the industry news to provide its clients with fully professional service. In accordance with the requirements of the European Union, fireworks were divided into several classes. The individual pyrotechnic articles differ in the application, level of hazard and the level of noise they emit. The Journal of Laws (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 544) talks about new classes of pyrotechnic articles:
- F1 class : fireworks that are characterized by a low level of danger and a low level of noise. Products of this class are suitable for use in limited spaces. The F1 class is also any fireworks intended for use inside residential buildings. The minimum age of people using this type of pyrotechnic article is 12 years.
- Class F2 : for spectacular pyrotechnic articles with a low hazard level and a minimum noise level. They are suitable for use only in open air and in limited space. The minimum age of the person we can sell a firecracker of this class is 16 years.
- Class F3 : stronger caliber, spectacular fireworks, the degree of danger of which was determined as average. Fireworks of this class should be fired in the open air and in large open spaces. The degree of noise emitted by them does not threaten the firing health. You can only sell them to customers who are over 18 years of age
In addition to the listed, there is also F4 class , these are products for professionals. The new EU law did not change the classification of pyrotechnic articles intended “for theaters” (T1, T2) and technical products, special (P1,P2).
Second: selling fireworks to a minor is strictly prohibited!
Fireworks sales to minors are strictly prohibited . Every responsible fireworks salesman is aware of this. Another thing about using firecrackers. An underage person can fire them under the supervision of parents. A person running a year-round or seasonal stand, on which pyrotechnic products are available, not subject to licensing can not serve minors. In the event of a breach of this right, sellers may face a fine, a penalty of restriction of liberty or, in the worst case scenario, two years in prison.
Third: recipes that your customer should know about your firework stall.
One of the main regulations that is strictly related to the use of pyrotechnic articles is Article 51 of the Code of Petty Offenses. Fireworks can be fired in your own yard. Similarly, areas where various types of events are organized, provided that the owner of the plot has consented to the organization of amateur pyrotechnic display . Night salvo shots may have negative consequences. If the neighbors call the appropriate services, the person responsible for the fireworks fires may be fined, arrested or restricted. This is done under a provision that prohibits disturbing peace, night rest and public order. A responsible firework salesman mentions to his customers the need to handle explosives carefully, transport them properly, and use them responsibly.
Knowing the legal norms for the sale of fireworks will allow you to be aware of doing business. Each of the pyrotechnic products distributors acquired from PyroTech fireworks wholesalers can count on our professional help.