Worcestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service would like to remind the county's residents to be cautious when purchasing fireworks ahead of Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend.
As of July 2017, it is no longer legal to sell fireworks unless they are marked with a mark of European Conformity, better known as a CE mark.
It is important that when purchasing fireworks and planning a party or display that you check the label to make sure they are legal fireworks. You should also check the safety distances to ensure there is enough space to set them off.
Each year, around 150 premises are licensed to sell fireworks for the limited periods around Bonfire Night and the New Year.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: "Bonfire Night is an exciting event and for many a sure sign that Autumn is here, but it is extremely important to be vigilant when purchasing fireworks to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing, at what is meant to be a celebratory time of year."
The time for use of fireworks (11pm normally, midnight on bonfire night and 1am on New Year/ Diwali/ Chinese New Year,) are the responsibility of West Mercia Police to enforce, as are offences for letting fireworks off in a public place or other forms of misuse.
Members of the public can report any issues or request advice, either via the WRS Duty Officers on 01905-822799 or to the Trading Standards team’s general email address TSenquiries@worcestershireTS.gov.uk
Alternatively, please use the Worcestershire Trading Standards 'Report it' service, available at: http://www.worcestershirets.gov.uk/report-it.aspx