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County Council

Sparks will fly if fireworks are sold illegally

‘Private Sellers’ of fireworks, i.e. those who sell from their home, are being targeted by Northumberland County Council Trading Standards Officers this year.

In a joint operation with Northumbria Police and Northumberland Fire and Rescue service, Trading Standards are working to ensure that fireworks are only sold by authorised persons.

As part of this, they are reminding any would-be seller of fireworks that in order to do so, they must be registered with the Trading Standards Department and satisfy stringent storage conditions. It is illegal to sell fireworks otherwise.

Fireworks can be very dangerous and must be safely stored - a firework is gunpowder in a tube. In addition, all fireworks must comply and be marked with BS 7114

County Trading Standards Officer, Mick King said: “We are anticipating problems with private sellers this year and are working closely with the police and fire service so we can react immediately to any complaint or other incident. We will have no hesitation in prosecuting where we find infringements of the law”

Anyone who is thinking of selling fireworks, and has not already registered, should contact Trading Standards on 01670 534585 for further advice.

Further information is available from:
Nicola Sleightholme, Public Relations Assistant, Northumberland County Council
Tel: 01670 533252
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