Illegally stored fireworks worth £2,000 seized by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards


Some £2,000-worth of fireworks have been seized by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards officers after they were found being illegally stored.

The fireworks, which were being sold via a social media site, were being stored in a van which officers found to be an inappropriate and potentially dangerous container to store explosives.

Fireworks should always be stored securely to stop unauthorised access, away from material that could easily burn or catch fire.

The seizure was made last Wednesday, October 18, from a location in the Fens near Peterborough.

People who sell fireworks must make sure they are registered and stored safely. Failure to do so can result in a fine or imprisonment and the courts can order that the fireworks are not returned and destroyed.

Frank Pasfield, of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Trading Standards Service, said: “We take this issue very seriously and this case should serve as a warning to anyone who is selling fireworks, especially on the lead up to Bonfire Night, to ensure they are stored in the correct container.

“We want people to enjoy 5 November and events to go with a bang for the right reasons, but it’s important that fireworks are stored properly for everyone’s safety.”

Anyone wishing to sell fireworks at this time of year needs to make sure they are fully registered with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service.

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