Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is reminding all businesses who plan to sell and store fireworks for Diwali and/or Bonfire Night that they need an up to date explosives licence enabling them to safely store fireworks.
TWFRS Fire Safety Inspectors will be carrying out inspections of premises throughout the area to ensure that fireworks are stored legally and safely in accordance with the Explosives Regulations 2014. Where this isn’t the case, prosecution will be considered to ensure the safety of the public.
In recent years, TWFRS has seen a number of incidents where Tyne and Wear business owners have received cautions, prison terms and fines - all because they didn’t have a valid licence or were storing fireworks unsafely.
An unlicensed shop owner in the West End of Newcastle received a caution for illegally storing fireworks.
All new applications or renewals for a licence to store fireworks are granted by the Licensing Authority (TWFRA).
Once the premises have been subject to a satisfactory inspection by a TWFRS Fire Safety Officer - usually within 28 days from request - an application form will then be given to the applicant so they can apply for a licence.
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