Warning over firework shops

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PEOPLE in Derbyshire are being warned about buying fireworks from unlicensed retailers.

A public register of authorised firework stores has been launched by the county council ahead of this year’s bonfire night celebrations.

Four specialist outlets are licensed to sell fireworks all year round but other retailers can only sell them until 10th November.

Coun Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We want to make sure that everyone has a safe and successful bonfire celebration.

“Many people enjoy fireworks but they can be dangerous and cause nuisance if not stored and used safely.

“Shops must be licensed and cannot sell fireworks, including sparklers, to under 18s.

“Consumers can check our register to ensure that they’re buying fireworks from an outlet which is licensed and has been safety checked. Fireworks should not be sold from vehicles, market stalls or car boot sales.

“We are determined to stamp out illegal sales and would encourage members of the public to report anyone they think may be breaking the law. Fireworks supplied by unauthorised dealers may have failed safety checks and could be dangerous.”

People are also urged to remember the Firework Safety Code. Complaints about firework misuse in public places should be reported to the police - this includes the use of fireworks between 11pm-7am, except on 5th November when the curfew begins at midnight.

A list of licensed outlets is now available at the county council’s website - www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fireworks - or by calling 08456 058 058.