Rockets are prohibited – fireworks are allowed

From January 1st, 2008 the Ministry of Justice and Police introduced a ban on rockets with guide stick in class II and III, and on pyrotechnic goods that can be mistaken for toys.

This ban is ONLY limited to the two specific article groups mentioned above – all other types of fireworks like: effectbatteries, airbombs, fountains, roman candles, sparklers etc. are still allowed.

Fortunately the number of injuries fell significantly from 2007 to 2008. The statistics show a sharp decrease in firework-related injuries, from 155 in 2007 to 61 in 2008, a reduction of more than 60%. The statistics also show a steep fall in small fire incidents from 48 in 2007 to 10 in 2008, and the number of fires decreased from 10 to 4 in the same period, a reduction of respectively 79% and 60%.

The industry rejoices over the positive developments, and we urge the public to take fireworks seriously in the future. This to avoid further injuries, and restrictions on the use of fireworks - by additional banning of other categories or item groups.

Firework-related injuries are in most cases due to improper use, and last but not least “modifications,” which we, needless to say, strongly dissuades. When some gunpowder mixtures are taken out of their controlled forms, and carefully controlled amounts are exceeded, they can ignite even by exposure to static electricity.


Best regards
Svea Fireworks AS

Anders Sture
General Manager