North East Lincolnshire Council

Remember, remember, to buy legal and safe fireworks

Trading Standards officers at North East Lincolnshire Council are urging people to only buy fireworks from registered retailers and be cautious of social media selling sites and car boot sales.

With Bonfire Night just around the corner on 5 November, people will soon be planning to buy their fireworks.

But you must remember to only buy from registered retailers and report the illegal sale of fireworks.

When bought by a registered retailer, Trading Standards officers are able to check the fireworks on sale are stored correctly and meet safety standards.

They can also advise registered retailers on how to guard against illegal sales to under-18s.

Neil Clark, regulatory services strategic lead at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Fireworks are explosives and can be extremely dangerous and uncontrollable when used inappropriately.

“These dangers are made worse when using illegal fireworks, often purchased from social media platforms or car boot sales, which can be made from inferior materials and not stored correctly making them unsafe.

“Purchasing fireworks from an unknown source can result in life-changing injuries and isn’t worth the risk. Fireworks should only be purchased from reputable and licensed sellers.”

Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Illegal fireworks could cause serious injury to anyone handling them or watching the display, so buying from car boots or unusual sources can put people’s safety at risk.

“There is a direct link between illicit sales, especially to under-18s, and anti-social behaviour, as well as protecting young people from themselves.”

If you do spot someone selling fireworks by social media or at car boot sales, please contact Trading Standards on 03454 040506.

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