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3 November 2011, 08:13
Following reports of an increase in the amount of illegal and counterfeit fireworks, Suffolk Trading standards are warning local people to be careful this bonfire night.
Suffolk Trading standards told Heart:
People who buy fireworks from unreliable or unknown sources, including over the internet, are taking a huge risk. There is a high chance these fireworks may not comply with the current safety standards and have the potential to be very dangerous.
A particularly worrying example is counterfeit Black Cat Bangers which are currently in circulation. The packaging on the bangers originates from the 1970’s and uses the company’s old/incorrect address of Burton-on-Trent, DE13 9HS. Test results revealed the bangers were extremely hazardous and had been made from poor-quality materials and failed relevant safety standards.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said; “Although exciting and fun to watch, fireworks require a high level of care and caution, and there is a huge risk that comes with purchasing them from an unreliable source. I would urge anyone with any information this bonfire night to get in contact immediately so we can attempt to put an end to these dangerous sales.”
If anyone sees Black Cat Bangers, or any other fireworks being sold from the back of a vehicle, on the side of the road or at a car boot sale, they should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 immediately.
Trading Standards Officers are advising consumers to only buy their fireworks from retailers who are liable to be inspected by Suffolk Trading Standards.