Community order for fireworks seller

This story was published 21 March 2018

A fireworks seller was given a community order with a curfew after pleading guilty to offences of storing them without a licence and failing to provide age warning information.

Anyone who is planning to sell fireworks should contact the trading standards service to arrange for an inspection of their premises and obtain a licence.

The case was brought by North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday that, following a complaint, a trading standards officer had made a test purchase of fireworks from Liam Driscoll, of Barrowcliffe Road, Scarborough on 31 October 2017. Driscoll’s car was then searched and found to contain fireworks with a net explosive content of 9.45kg.

Sentencing Mr Driscoll, the magistrates acknowledged that he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity but noted the serious nature of the offences and the potential consequences of fireworks being stored incorrectly without proper safety measures in place.

Driscoll is now subject to a curfew order between 7pm and 7am for three months and must pay £235 towards prosecution and court costs. The court also ordered the the remaining stock of fireworks be forfeited and destroyed.

County councillor Andrew Lee, portfolio holder for trading standards, said: “It is simply not safe for fireworks to be stored in a vehicle. I would urge anyone who is planning to sell fireworks to contact the trading standards service to arrange for an inspection of their premises and obtain a licence.”

Anyone who sees fireworks being sold from vehicles or other insecure premises such as car boot sales, or via social media, is asked to report it to trading standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.