Trading Standards officers at North East Lincolnshire Council are urging people to be safe this Bonfire Night and to only buy fireworks from registered retailers.
With Bonfire Night just around the corner, you might be thinking of buying fireworks, but you must remember to only buy from registered retailers and report the illegal sale of fireworks.
Potential customers are also urged to be cautious of websites, social media accounts and car boot sales selling fireworks, as these may not meet safety standards.
Illegal fireworks can be made from inferior materials and if not stored correctly, they can be very dangerous. Fireworks should only be purchased from reputable and licensed sellers.
People are advised to attend official fireworks displays which have been authorised by the Council and are fully licenced and insured.
There are a number of dangers associated with using illegal fireworks, often purchased from social media platforms or car boot sales.
When bought by a registered retailer, Trading Standards officers are able to check the fireworks on sale are stored correctly.
They can also advise registered retailers on how to guard against illegal sales to under-18s.
Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Illegal fireworks could cause serious injury to anyone handling them or watching a display.
“Fireworks are explosives and can be extremely dangerous and uncontrollable when used inappropriately.
“Buying from an unknown source can result in life-changing injuries and isn’t worth the risk.
“There is also a direct link between illicit sales, especially to under-18s, and anti-social behaviour.
“By purchasing fireworks from registered sellers, you can help protect young people from themselves and keep our community safe.”
If you do spot someone selling fireworks by social media or at car boot sales, please contact Trading Standards on 03454 040506.