Justice Minister Claire Sugden has reminded the public that anyone wishing to buy or use fireworks must first obtain a licence.
Applications for the use of fireworks over the Halloween period must be submitted to the Department of Justice no later than Monday 24 October 2016.
Minister Sugden said: “The law is clear on purchase, possession and use of fireworks – a licence is required. It is an offence to buy fireworks without one.
“The application is very straightforward and my Department will process them as quickly as possible, although I would encourage those wishing to obtain a licence to apply in good time.”
Minister Sugden also outlined the risks of obtaining fireworks from sources other than from a registered supplier.
“Fireworks must be purchased from a supplier who has been registered by the Department of Justice. Don’t be tempted to buy from illegal sources as you will be gambling with the safety of your family and friends and could also face prosecution. Registered retailers should be easily identified as they must display their licence or certificate of registration prominently at the point of sale.
“I would encourage anyone who has any information about the illegal sale of fireworks to report it to the PSNI or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
“I appeal to parents and retailers to act responsibly, comply with the law and use fireworks safely to help reduce firework injuries and ensure Halloween is an enjoyable time for everyone. Fireworks can inflict serious injuries if mishandled so follow the firework code at all times.”
Licence applications and a list of retailers licensed to sell fireworks are available from www.nidirect.gov.uk/fireworks. Application forms are also available by telephoning 0300 200 7881 or directly from a registered retailer.
The licence fee where there are less than 100 spectators is £30; for 100 to 1000 spectators is £80 and for more than 1,000 spectators is £160