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Illegal and dangerous fireworks are seized in joint operation

PUBLISHED: 16:32 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 17 August 2018

Seized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County Council

Seized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

A stash of illegal and dangerous fireworks has been seized in the Great Yarmouth area leading to two people who are believed to have sold them to the public being given a caution following a joint operation.

Seized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County CouncilSeized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The five kilograms of fireworks were seized from three properties in the borough following an investigation by Norfolk Trading Standards, Norfolk police and the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

It is said the two people cautioned are also believed to have tried to sell the fireworks to children.

Seized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County CouncilSeized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County Council

This week’s seizures follow a warning issued on July 30 urging people in the borough to avoid buying illegal fireworks.

Norfolk Trading Standards say the fireworks seized are of a type banned for supply to the general public as they pose a safety risk.

Seized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County CouncilSeized illegal firework. Picture: Norfolk County Council

A statement on behalf of trading standards said: “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.

“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.”

Anyone who believes they hay bought any of the 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.

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