Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fireworks Stopped Going off with a Bang; HUGE HAUL FOUND BY POLICE - WITH PETROL AND PROPANE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fireworks Stopped Going off with a Bang; HUGE HAUL FOUND BY POLICE - WITH PETROL AND PROPANE

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Byline: KATHRYN RIDDELL Reporter kathryn.riddell@ncjmedia.com

A SECRET stash of fireworks has been seized - stopping the risk of a major explosion on Tyneside.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service found some of the fireworks in a garage stored alongside propane cylinders, petrol and live electrical wires. Firefighters say if there had been a fire or even a spark, the explosion could have caused destruction of property and the possibility of serious injury or death.

A senior firefighter claimed a potential explosion "would have devastated the lives, property and homes of those nearby".

Fire safety inspectors seized just under 500kg net mass of fireworks from two premises - one where the licensee was only permitted to store 75kg NM and the other wasn't licenced at all.

The licenced premises was visited on October 11 and a total of 94kg of fireworks were seized.

A further visit with the police to a garage owned by the same person, led to a discovery of a further large quantity of fireworks.

More than 370kg NM of hazard type 3 and 4 fireworks, which are classed as a minor blast risk, were taken away.

Now the fire service say the fireworks in the garage in the West End of Newcastle were stored in such a dangerous manner that they had to be immediately seized to ensure public safety. The explosives were kept with combustible items including a quantity of petrol.

The quantity of fireworks was so great that it required numerous journeys for inspectors to transport them to a secured safe store.

We will action anyone of selling on the from The total seized was 464kg NM of fireworks.

Assistant chief officer at TWFRS, Alan Robson, said: "This activity presented a major risk to the public. Not only were fireworks being stored at a level far greater than the licence permitted, but one of the premises didn't even hold a licence to store fireworks.

"In addition, fireworks were being offered for sale outside the legal period of 15th October to 10th November. …

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