Fireworks seized as public protection work continues

Published Thursday, 26 November 2020

Trading Standards officers from Bromley council have seized a large quantity of fireworks from a shop, some of which are suspected of being more than 5 years old.

The shop whose location can’t being disclosed as an investigation is pending, is unlicensed to store or sell fireworks. The unlicensed shop had around 60kg of fireworks removed from the premises and is subject of an investigation under the Explosives Regulations 2014 and the Fireworks Regulations 2004.

Councillor Kate Lymer Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Whilst public protection officers are working to ensure that businesses comply with the current regulations government have introduced as part of their response to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, our normal routine inspection and enforcement work is continuing. We will not hesitate to take legal action if it is needed albeit it is a last resort and we much prefer to work with businesses. This matter was and is serious and we continuing to investigate the circumstances here. Residents should not buy fireworks from someone who is not licensed and should also not use fireworks that are a few years old as they may not be stable.”

Councillor Lymer added “Premises which are registered to store fireworks must do so safely in order to prevent the risk of fire or explosion and licence conditions will specify suitable storage amounts of explosives to limit this risk.  There are potential serious safety risks here and if there is evidence storage conditions have been breached or have become unsafe, licences will not be renewed and can be revoked.”

The officers were alerted by food safety colleagues who were in the store to carry out food standards checks and noticed fireworks stored in a display cabinet close to the sales counter with combustible materials nearby. Further enquiries established the premises was not licensed to store fireworks and there were concerns over the safety of the store, as well as the age of some of the explosives.

Businesses and retailers in the borough requiring further advice, should contact Trading Standards by either emailing trading.standards@bromley.gov.uk or calling 020 8313 4450.

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