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FAQ for retailers, pyrotechnicians, hotel & catering
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.
The legislator limits the powder rate of rockets to 20 grams a rocket for the free sale for New Year's Eve.
In case you are already carrying on a trade or business, you just need to expand it with the distribution of fireworks. Additionally, the public order office has to be notified about the distribution of fireworks, a permission is, however, not required. For further questions we will of course be glad to assist you. Just contact us!
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).
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.