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People urged to stay safe and only buy fireworks from registered shops

Staffordshire people are being reminded that they should only buy fireworks from registered shops in the run-up to bonfire night events.

The county council’s trading standards team has been working with traders to ensure they are storing fireworks safely and are displaying registration stickers. Shops registered to sell fireworks in the county will have been visited by the team in the run-up to the firework period. Traders have also been given advice on preventing the sale of fireworks to underage people.

It is against the law for fireworks to be sold at a car boot sale, from a vehicle or from a private house. People should report these finds to the national Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. They should also avoid buying fireworks on social media sites. It is illegal for fireworks or sparklers to be sold to any person under the age of 18.

Only specialist traders are licensed to sell fireworks all year round. The vast majority of shops can only sell fireworks from October 15 until November 10 and then again from December 26 until December 31.

People can find out more information about curfew times, firework sales and other related queries by calling the 03454 040506.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time over the bonfire and firework period. The vast majority of traders are responsible and safe. However fireworks can be lethal and so we need to know about unregistered traders and those who are selling fireworks unlawfully, putting people’s safety at risk. People can ring the national consumer services line for further information.”