Illegal fireworks haul dumped in wheelie bin
Illegal fireworks worth more than £1,500, including three feet long rockets, have been found abandoned in a wheelie bin on a Midlothian industrial estate.
The bin was at Dalhousie industrial estate
Midlothian Council’s trading standards officers became involved after police were called out to Dalhousie estate, near Newtongrange, when a member of the public reported the flytipping recently.
A crate and wheelie bin were packed full
Midlothian’s cabinet member for trading standards, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “Police removed a crate and a wheelie bin packed full of pretty serious fireworks that are now illegal for retailers to store and sell.
The fireworks are dangerous in the wrong hands
“If they had been found and set off by local children, I dread to think what could have happened in the wrong hands, certainly there was potential for injuries.”
Retailers cannot store or sell these fireworks
Since July 2017 after a five year ‘phasing out’ period, registered retailers can no longer sell or store fireworks with the British Standard mark BS7114.
They may have been dumped by a shopkeeper outwith Midlothian
Trading standards officers believe the fireworks were probably dumped by a shop keeper outwith Midlothian who didn’t want to pay for the fireworks to be disposed of safely.
Cllr Imrie added: “Our officers are working hard to keep illegal fireworks out of the wrong hands. We’ve heard tales of people being offered fireworks as prizes on social media sites.
If you are offered them, don't buy them
“If anyone is offered fireworks on this basis then please don’t accept them.
“Remember, a legally sold firework will always carry the CE mark of conformity. If it doesn’t then don’t buy it. Instead contact our trading standards team on 0131 271 3549.”
Fireworks must comply with safety standards
Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Local Area Commander for Midlothian said: "Fireworks have the potential to be extremely dangerous if used or stored inappropriately and illegal fireworks that do not meet British safety standards amplify that risk considerably.
"As a result of this joint activity, a significant quantity of illegal fireworks were recovered in an area, where young people could have easily accessed them and this is totally unacceptable.
Phone 101 with information about the flytipping
"We are continuing with our inquiries to identify whoever is responsible for dumping these items and anyone with information can contact us via 101."
The picture shows trading standards manager Stephen Thomson with just some of the illegal fireworks.