Police are reminding retailers that it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.
Under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 retailers must display a notice with the following information:
- it is illegal to sell adult fireworks and sparklers to anyone under the age of 18;
- it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess adult fireworks in a public place.
Adults buying fireworks are also reminded to store fireworks safely away from flammable materials, chemicals and other hazardous substances. They should be kept out of reach of children.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, from Northumbria Police, said: "We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire season and not have it ruined by fireworks being misused.
"In our effort to do this we want to make sure people are clear on the law around fireworks and that they don't get into the wrong hands and are used by youngsters playing around - you must be over 18 to buy or be in possession of a firework in a public place.
"It is illegal for under 18s to buy or be in possession of an adult firework and those caught doing so will face police action, no matter what the circumstances.
"Our absolute priority is public safety and we want our communities to work with us on this. Retailers are reminded if they're unsure of whether someone is underage to ask for ID and while we would prefer people to attend an organised display if adults are buying fireworks we ask that they make sure they are stored safely out of harms way."