Buying fireworks

With only three more days to go this year, we’ve reached the time when people start buying fireworks form midnight on New Year’s Eve (Silvester).

In Germany this all happens in a bit of rush, because of the restrictions on selling them.

Firstly, to buy fireworks you need to be at least 18 years old.

Secondly, and this is the main restriction, they can only be sold on the last 3 days of the year. If this includes a Sunday, as it does this year, then this is extended to 4 days.

So this year you only have Friday, Saturday and Monday morning to buy any fireworks, that you want to let off on Monday night.

Even if there are some exemptions to these rules, most people will stick to them and it creates a very different situation to that in the UK in November.

Everybody lets of their fireworks after midnight on the 31st/1st, so there are lots of fireworks going off at once creating an amazing atmosphere, but you don’t have the problem of different people at different times (or even on different days).

Because the fireworks are only sold for a very limited time, indeed with many people buying them on the 31st itself, there is less of a danger of accidents caused by insufficient precautions during their time stored in private homes.

The first hour after midnight, when the air is full of smoke and flashing lights really does have to be experienced first hand to understand what it is like – you are not watching a firework display, you are in the middle of it!


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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. says:

    Feuerwerkskörper kaufen

    Mit nur 3 Tage bis Silvester geht der Verkauf von Feuerwerkskörper in Deutschland los.

    Was macht das Silvester-Feuerwerk in Deutschland so besonders für einen Engländer?

  2. […] managed to buy them by filling out copious forms). Here in Germany, people over the age of 18 can buy them on the last three days of the year […]

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