FAQ private citizens - Purchasing and using our products

On our FAQ private citizens page we have compiled our answers to the questions on our products and services most frequently asked by private citizens.

Your questions, our answers!

Yes, but only fireworks of the F1 category and party items. Firework batteries etc can be purchased during the statutory dates of sale in the retail trade at the end of the year. For upcoming events during the year you wish to enrich with fireworks, e.g. wedding, birthday celebration, etc, we warmly recommend our easyboxes.

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The legislature provides clear guidelines for this. The powder rate contained in fireworks depends on the classification.

  • New Year's Eve fireworks of the F2 category (e.g. a volcano) may contain a powder rate of up to 50 grams,
  • battery and combined fireworks may - in accordance with the legislation - have a powder rate of up to 500 grams,
  • items of the F4 Category (display fireworks) may contain powder rates of several kilograms depending on the calibre.

Exception: Rockets
The legislator limits the powder rate of rockets to 20 grams a rocket for the free sale for New Year's Eve.

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Fireworks of the F2 category shall exclusively be let off on 31 December starting at midnight until 1 January at 12 p.m. It is moreover forbidden to let fireworks off in close proximity to hospitals, old people's and children's homes, churches, as well as half-timbered houses and houses with thatched roofs. Please mind the regional regulations of the competent authority in addition.

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Each of our fireworks items go through demanding safety checks in order to discover potential security gaps, during the production as well as a second time afterwards. These safety checks are performed by companies audited by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM). We assure you that we make every effort to make the handling of fireworks as safe as possible for you.

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In those rare cases where our fireworks items do not ignite correctly or not completely, the cardinal rule is caution. Do not try to ignite the item again! Wait at least 15 minutes at a safe distance. If nothing happened in this period, you can lavish water on the item, or submerge it, and dispose it afterwards.

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In general, the legislator grants three dates of sale for New Year's Eve fireworks (F2 category). Usually, these are the last three days of the current year (e.g. 29, 30 and 31 December). If one of these days happens to be a sunday, another date of sale is added before the regular first date of sale (in this case 28 December).

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Fireworks items are classified into categories. Where possible, the categorical belonging is characterized on each item and each packing.

F1 category: smaller fireworks, e.g. table fireworks, christmas crackers, sparklers, etc.

F2 category: New Year's Eve fireworks, e.g. rockets, volcanos, etc

F3 category: medium-sized fireworks, formerly called "garden fireworks"

F4 category: professional fireworks

If fireworks of different categories are combined to an assortment, the legal regulations for the item of the highest category count for the whole assortment.

T category: technical fireworks, pyrotechnic items for stage and theatre, e.g. bengal flames, flares, smoking bombs and powder, etc. Depending on their dangerousness, Items of the T category are divided into the T1 and T2 categories.

T1 category: fireworks for stage and theatre

T2 category: fireworks for stage and theatre


What can be purchased by whom?

Fireworks of the F1 category
can be purchased and used by persons at the minimum age of twelve years without any temporal limitation.

Fireworks of the F2 category
can only be bought during the statutory dates of sale by persons at the minimum age of 18 years, and shall exclusively be let off within the time between 31 December starting at midnight until 1 January at 12 p.m.

License holders in accordance with § 7 or § 27 or a certificate of competence in accordance with § 20 of Explosives Act can also use fireworks of the F2 category betwenn 2 January and 30 December, provided they are let off together with other pyrotechnic items.

Fireworks of the F3 category
delivery exclusively againt presentation of a license in accordance with § 7 or § 27 or a certificate of competence in accordance with § 20 of Explosives Act for the use of items of the F3 category.

Fireworks of the F4 category
delivery exclusively againt presentation of a license in accordance with § 7 or § 27 or a certificate of competence in accordance with § 20 of Explosives Act for the use of items of the F4 category.

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In retail trade, fireworks are distinguished between F1 category and F2 category. Fireworks of the F1 category is suitable for children at the age of twelve years. Things are different concerning fireworks of the F2 category. These prodcts are only available after reaching the age of 18 years. Please mind the information on the package at all times before handing them over to your children.

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