WITH just weeks to go until Bonfire Night, Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been out and about in the
community inspecting premises storing fireworks to help keep the
GMFRS is working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police
and Trading Standards to ensure that anyone applying or registering
for a licence is complying with regulations.
On Thursday, September 20, officers visited a reclamation site
in Jury Street, Leigh, which stores and sells fireworks over the
This year the owners applied for a licence to store 2,000 kilos
of fireworks but were instructed to reduce this to 500 kilos
following the visit due to the distance between the storage
containers and other buildings and materials in the area.
GMFRS' Petroleum and Explosives Manager, Stuart Morgan, said:
"We visited this site because last year they had fireworks they
shouldn't have. We've told them to reduce their licence to 500
kilos of explosive content because there's only six metres of space
at the back of the storage containers which isn't sufficient for
the quantities they applied for.
"People who decide to sell fireworks at this time of year aren't
always aware of what they need to consider so we've teamed up with
police and Trading Standards and over the coming weeks we'll be
inspecting all sites applying for new licences or changes to their
licences, or any site which hasn't been inspected for a while, to
ensure fireworks are being stored legally and safely.
"We will also be visiting sites between October 15 until
November 10 when it will be legal for fireworks to be sold - and
anyone not complying with regulations could face prosecution."
Under the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations
2005, anyone storing fireworks must hold a licence or registration
and store them in a safe manner.
GMFRS recently launched a new user-friendly online system for
applying and paying for licences and registrations.
The Service receives around 700 paper applications in the weeks
leading up to Bonfire Night on November 5, and the new online
system is designed to help eliminate mistakes in the application
GMFRS would advise people to attend organised bonfire and
fireworks events rather than risk their safety by having a bonfire
However, if you do go have your own bonfire, please follow our
simple advice here: /fire_safety_advice/seasonal_safety/bonfire_safety.aspx
For further information on the safe and legal storage of
fireworks, please visit: /fire_safety_advice/business_fire_safety/storage_of_explosives.aspx