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Midlands faulty firework warning

Police are urging people to only buy fireworks from licensed premises Photo: ITV Central

Police have issued a timely reminder about the dangers of buying unlicensed fireworks ahead of Bonfire night celebrations.

In Leicestershire officers are on the look-out for criminalgangs selling cheap second-hand or damaged fireworks to children from the backof vans.

They say the explosives are extremely dangers and are urginganyone being offered such sales to contact the police.

Last year the police received reports of children being sold fireworks from the back of vans touring around housing estates in Leicester.

Many licensed temporary shops open up this time of year to sell fireworks, police are urging people to buy from places such as this.

The worry is that by buying fireworks from unlicensed dealers then you could be purchasing damaged goods that when ignited could explode in someone's face.

Crew Manager, Craig Hallam, of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said:

"Fireworks can burn at heats of up to 1,600°C, hot enough to burn through your hand. Any compromise in the structure or content of firework can make them extremely dangerous and unpredictable."

– Crew Manager, Craig Hallam, of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service