Fireworks haul seized after an inspection by Trading Standards officials

Officers from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service carried out a visit on Wednesday (October 18) and seized around £2,000-worth of fireworks from a property in Fenland that were 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.

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. More information is available on the website