A QUANTITY of fireworks have been seized from a hardware shop in
Oldham for being stored illegally.
The haul came at 6pm on Thursday, October 18 - just three days
after fireworks went on legal sale.
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) officer was
called to Shaw during joint firework inspections being carried out
by Trading Standards and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as part of
Area Manager Geoff Harris, Head of Protection Services said:
"Around 100kg of fireworks were taken away for being illegally
packed and stored in the shop.
"Some were out on top of a cabinet near to combustible materials
and more fireworks were stored upstairs in a similar way with
"As Bonfire Night approaches, GMFRS is working in partnership
with GMP and Trading Standards to ensure that anyone applying or
registering for a licence is complying with regulations."
Operation Treacle is a partnership based approach aimed at
preventing, tackling and protecting against antisocial behaviour,
criminal damage and reducing incidents and injuries during the
Hallowe'en and Bonfire period.
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.
Earlier this year, GMFRS launched a new user-friendly online
system for applying and paying for licences and registrations.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council's Cabinet Member for
Neighbourhoods and Devolved Services, said: "This seizure shows
that the Council's Trading Standards department is working with
Operation Treacle partners to keep the community safe as Bonfire
"Laws are in place to protect our communities from the misuse of
fireworks and while they remain on sale, until November 13, we will
be carrying out joint inspections throughout that time."
Sergeant Trevor Harrison added: "We're working together with
Trading Standards and GMFRS in conducting inspections to make sure
businesses are complying with the law and storing and selling
"It's all about ensuring fireworks are being sold safely and
responsibly so everyone can enjoy Bonfire Night safely."
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, 10 local
authorities, Trading Standards, transport for Greater Manchester,
the Chamber of Commerce, HSE and New Economy.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton said: "We want everyone to have a safe and
enjoyable Bonfire period.
"Our advice would very much be to go only to an organised
"Fireworks can be dangerous and GMFRS are working with partner
agencies to keep the community safe this Bonfire season."
To find out more about Treacle and details about organised
bonfires in your area go to http://www.safe4autumn.com/
For further information on the safe and legal storage of
fireworks, please visit: /fire_safety_advice/business_fire_safety/storage_of_explosives.aspx