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Public information: Warning follows seizure of illegal fireworks this week in Great Yarmouth area

16 August 2018

People are being urged to contact Norfolk County Council Trading Standards if they believe they have in their possession illegal fireworks of the same type as those seized this week in the Great Yarmouth area.

Five kilos of fireworks have been seized from three properties in the area where it is believed the occupants have been supplying the illegal and dangerous products to members of the public, including children, in the local area.

The fireworks seized are of a type that is banned for supply to the general public, causing concern for the safety and welfare of those people who have bought them, local residents and wildlife.

Anyone who believes they have one or more of these illegal fireworks is advised to place it in a bucket of water and to contact Norfolk County Council Trading Standards, via the Citizens Advice consumer service, on 03454 04 05 06 for advice.

The seizures have been made following joint work between Norfolk County Council Trading Standards, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Norfolk Constabulary.  After reports that illegal fireworks were being supplied locally the agencies put out a warning on 30 July urging people in the Great Yarmouth area to be vigilant.

The people believed to have been supplying the illegal fireworks in this case have been identified and a caution and advice have been given.

Only fireworks that are CE-marked and have instructions for use in English can be sold or supplied.  If the public are offered fireworks which are not CE-marked or labelled in English then the advice is to leave well alone.

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess an adult firework in a public place.  Anyone caught faces an on the spot £80 fixed penalty notice.

All fireworks for sale in the UK need to be labelled in English so that essential safety precautions and information can be read and understood.  Fireworks such as “Bangers”, “Flash Bangers” are banned from supply to the general public

If members of the public wish to buy fireworks they should go to a reputable retailer who has an appropriate licence who has to comply with their duties under safety legislation.  This includes obtaining a licence to store the fireworks.

Unless a retailer has obtained a year-round licence to sell fireworks they can only sell them during the following seasonal periods:

  • From 15 October to 10 November
  • From 26 to 31 December
  • On the first day of the Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding this
  • On the first day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding this

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