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Fake firecracker warning
RESIDENTS have been warned to be wary of counterfeit fireworks in the lead up to Bonfire Night, after illegal bangers were found in Crewe.
The firecrackers are thought to have been imported from China, and are being illegally counterfeited using the Black Cat brand.
The bangers – small red tubes with a short fuse on top – are sold in packs of 10.
Firecrackers have been banned in the UK since 1997.
Cheshire East Council (CEC) is urging people to only purchase fireworks from licensed premises.
The authority is asking people to remain vigilant and ensure the fireworks they are buying are legal.
The warning comes following joint CEC and Cheshire Police test purchases found all 25 fireworks retailers they checked were fully compliant with the law.
A Cheshire East spokesman said: “Residents should still steer clear of counterfeit fireworks, some of which could be being sold on the internet. It is vital that people only purchase fireworks from legitimate traders.”
Meanwhile, retailers are being reminded to display a sign where fireworks are supplied, stating that it is illegal to sell adult fireworks or sparklers to anyone under 18 or possess fireworks in a public place.
Anyone who suspects an individual or retailer of selling illegal or counterfeit fireworks should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.