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Firefighters warn they are hot on the heels of dodgy fireworks dealers
4:15pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Local
FIREFIGHTERS and trading standards officers have warned they are hot on the heels of dodgy fireworks traders.
The warning from West Midlands Fire Service comes after nearly 30 boxes of fireworks weighing more than 60kg were found poorly stored in the garage of a house in the Black Country.
The dangerous discovery was made during inquiries by trading standards officers, and the explosive haul was placed in secure storage while investigations continue.
Mick Norton, a fire safety inspector with West Midlands Fire Service, said: “There are strict laws and regulations covering the storage, sale and use of fireworks. We’re in no doubt that these fireworks posed a danger to the property they were in.
"There were so many that we needed two vehicles to take them away to a safe storage location.
“People selling and buying fireworks need to do so safely, and within the law. We’re working closely with trading standards and environmental officers, carrying out inspections throughout the West Midlands, and will prosecute where appropriate.”
Guidance on the safe storage and sale of fireworks can be found online at www.hse.gov.uk, and there’s more advice on how to use them safely at www.wmfs.net
• It is an offence to keep more than 5kg net of fireworks for sale or use at work without a registration or licence. It is also against the law to acquire, sell or transfer more than 50kg net of fireworks without the appropriate registration or licence for storage.
• It is illegal to sell adult fireworks or sparklers to anyone under 18, and for anyone under 18 to possess them in a public place. Caps, cracker snaps, indoor fireworks, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns must not be supplied to persons under 16.
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