Having fireworks at home can be a fun way to celebrate special occasions as well as Bonfire night and New Year’s Eve. However, as there are laws and regulations around their purchase and use, it is crucial that guidance is followed to avoid committing an offence. When looking for fireworks for sale in the UK, you’ll want to ensure you use only reputable sellers and that they carry the British Standard on the packaging, BS 7114. Whilst it’s clear on the rules around purchasing fireworks, what are the rules if you want to make your own at home and is it an offence?
Rules around homemade fireworks
Most guidance you will find will centre around the purchase and use of fireworks, as this is the most common way people will look to access and enjoy them outside of a public display. However, as fireworks are a form of explosive, this means they fall under UK law regarding manufacture and storage. It clearly states that “explosives not to be manufactured without a licence” in The Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations Act 2005. This means that without the proper licence requirements, it is an offence to make homemade fireworks.
There are exceptions to this, but this still will mean making DIY or homemade fireworks should be avoided. If explosives are made for laboratory testing and analysis, demonstration, and experimentation they can be exempt if the quantity doesn’t exceed 100 grams. However, to be safe and ensure you are not committing an offence, it is best to not make your own fireworks unless you have a licence for manufacture. A licence would have to be obtained from your local council if you’re looking to manufacture or store, for example, if you are a retailer or wholesaler. This will allow for up to 2,000 kg to be stored as long you are licenced with the fire service and your local council trading standards department. Any quantities higher than this would need a different licence from the Health and Safety Executive.
Staying safe with fireworks
Safety is the number one priority with fireworks, and it is best to avoid considering making your own when there are plenty of great options available. As long as you are using a reputable seller that follows UK law and regulations, you can purchase category 2 and 3 fireworks for garden and display use. There are many reasons to avoid making your own fireworks, with the biggest one being the handling of explosive materials.
Whilst some fireworks look to have a simple structure and seem easy to replicate, experimenting with hazardous chemicals and materials is dangerous. Not only that but your home, garden or garage is not equipped to be a controlled environment for this. The risks include fire, contamination, and danger to other people whether it’s family, friends, or your neighbours. To avoid committing an offence or endangering yourself or others, ensure you understand the UK law and regulations around fireworks. It is better and safer to buy regulated fireworks that have been tested, rather than experiment with your own.
Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project
Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.
The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring.
There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life
Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.
He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.
His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.
Making clean water available to everyone
In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana.
The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.
President’s letters of gratitude
President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity.
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