Fireworks traders set for safety spot-checks

Edinburgh’s Licensing and Trading Standards team is set to spot-check traders across the city to ensure the safe sale of fireworks ahead of Guy Fawkes Night.

This weekend covert visits will be made to a range of businesses licensed to sell fireworks, from national supermarkets to independent shops, to inspect standards.
 
Officers will be accompanied by specially-trained ‘test-purchasers’, aged between 16 and 18, who will help to identify whether traders are selling fireworks illegally to underage customers.
 
Any business found to be breaking the law by selling fireworks to underage test purchasers will be subject to robust enforcement action, which could result in being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and fines of up to £5000 or a prison sentence.
 
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “Public safety is of utmost importance to the Council, which is why we take the regulation of the sale of fireworks so seriously, particularly in the lead-up to Guy Fawkes Night.
 
“We do work closely with traders and I’m pleased to say the vast majority comply with the law. However, the illegal sale of fireworks to underage customers is not acceptable and anyone found to do so will be subject to immediate enforcement action.”
 
"I would strongly advise anyone who suspects the illegal sale of fireworks to contact our Trading Standards team so that they can help ensure everyone enjoys a safe Guy Fawkes Night.”
 
Any business that wishes to sell fireworks year-round must apply for a licence from the Council, and must adhere to the law, which prohibits the sale of certain types of fireworks, their sale to under-18s and requires the safe storage of fireworks.
 
Trading Standards officers have already visited businesses to check safe firework storage and to advise them that test purchases will be carried out.
 
Anyone who suspects the illegal sale of fireworks should contact Trading Standards on trading.standards@edinburgh.gov.uk

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