As part of a joint operation between Gwynedd Council Trading Standards Unit and the North Wales Police, a test purchase of fireworks being sold from the back of a van was made recently in the Dolgellau area.
Following the sale, a search of the vehicle disclosed a considerable amount of fireworks which were consequently seized by Trading Standards officials. The sale of these fireworks now forms part of an ongoing investigation into such unlicensed sales.
John Reynolds, Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Manager said:
“It is vitally important that members of the public acquire fireworks from a licensed source so as to ensure that the fireworks are safe for use.
“The storage and sale of fireworks is regulated though a licensing system and firework retailers, must be able to prove that the fireworks will be stored in accordance with strict safety provisions.
“Due to the safety concerns with the misuse of fireworks, the sale of fireworks is restricted to people over the age of 18 and we would urge shopkeepers to abide by these regulations.”
The licensing system provides a means to regulate the quantity of fireworks being stored at any one time and ensures that the fireworks themselves conform with safety standards.
Anyone who has purchased any fireworks from an unlicensed source are urged to consider their own safety and that of their family and other members of the public and confirm that the fireworks are safe to use. Persons who have any information about fireworks which are being sold from a unlicensed source are urged to contact either the Police or Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards.
Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards can be contacted directly on 01286 682728, or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org