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Children sold fireworks in undercover operation

Nearly 30% of the retailers tested sold fireworks to children. Credit: PA

Four retailers have been caught selling fireworks to children, in an undercover operation by Trading Standards.

A total of 14 premises were visited in Kendal, Barrow, Carlisle and Cleator Moor, and four sold fireworks to underage volunteers.

Cumbria County Council Trading Standards says it handed the retailers with written warning, and will be carrying out follow-up test purchases next year.

Of the tested retailers sold fireworks to children

We are surprised and disappointed that such a high proportion of retailers sold fireworks to the volunteers. Selling fireworks to children is irresponsible and is not acceptable.

The police and trading standards will enforce the law in respect of under-age sales and will consider reviewing licences where appropriate. Fireworks are only sold for a short window of time at certain points in the year, so these results highlight serious shortcomings with the traders involved in the sales.

The bottom line is these products are explosives and can present a real danger if they are made available to individuals under the legal age-limit.”

– Councillor John McCreesh, Cumbria County Council

Supplying fireworks to those who are underage is not only illegal, but has a direct impact on the local community.

These sales can lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour, not to mention obvious associated safety concerns. Fireworks are potentially dangerous explosives, and need to sold and used responsibly.”

– Cumbria Police spokesperson