A NEW hotline has been set up for people in County Durham to report illegal sales of fireworks.
The number has been launched to tackle the rise in unregistered sellers, the supply of banned fireworks and illegal sales to children.
The hotline has been set up by Durham County Council’s trading standards team and Safe Durham Partnership.
As Bonfire Night approaches, flyers promoting the number will be delivered to homes in problem areas, asking for help to identify anyone selling fireworks from houses, pubs, mobile shops and car boot sales.
Last year, the council seized a large quantity of illegal bangers, that when tested on a dummy, were shown to be capable of blowing someone’s hand off.
Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “With the recession, the offer of cheap fireworks may be tempting but people must be very careful as they might not comply with strict safety standards and can be very dangerous.”
The hotline number is 03000 260913. An answering machine service operates outside office hours.