Large quantity of fireworks which were being sold illegally on Facebook seized
A large quantity of fireworks, which were being sold illegally online have been seized by police and the fire service in Hylton Castle.
In a joint operation, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police and Sunderland Trading Standards discovered large amounts of fireworks at a premises in Hylton Castle which were being sold via social media.
The fireworks were being sold without a license and were being kept without suitable storage.
Some of the fireworks found were types usually used in professional displays with higher explosive content.
The news comes after Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service urged families to be aware that the risks surrounding fireworks remains, despite a number of organised displays being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ian Bell Head of Fire Safety at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “These fireworks, which were being sold via social media, without a licence and without suitable storage are the type and quantity usually found in a licensed shop.
“Some of these fireworks were also the types usually used in professional displays with a higher explosive content than usually found.
"We have looked to ensure the safety of the general public by seizing these fireworks and removing them from circulation.
“Remember you should only purchase fireworks from a licensed supplier and if in any doubt you should contact Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service via our website at www.twfire.gov.uk.”
The fire service is advising members the public to visit their website for more information on selling fireworks.