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Explosives (including fireworks)

Hazard Knowledge


Explosives may be found in bulk at factories, warehouses and other storage facilities. Explosives may be used at industrial sites including:

  • Demolition sites
  • Mines and quarries
  • Military sites

The use and storage of explosives is strictly controlled, and they should be securely stored until the time of detonation.

With certain exceptions, an authorisation is required for the acquisition, keeping, transfer, storage and/or manufacture of explosives. See the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for further information on this topic.


Fireworks may be stored at and sold by wholesale or retail outlets. Fireworks are used by various industries including:

  • Nightclubs
  • Theatres
  • Arenas and stadiums
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks and fairgrounds
  • Circuses

For further information refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website about the storage and sale or fireworks, and the organising of firework displays.