Hertfordshire County Council is clamping down on people selling illegal fireworks.

The county council says that since 2017, it has have removed 1,050 fireworks from five traders in the county, and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended seven Bonfire Night-related incidents.

Fireworks must be stored safely and CE marked if they are to be sold.

Colin Woodward, deputy cabinet member for community safety and waste Management at Hertfordshire County Council said: “Our trading standards and fire service teams work extra hard at this time of year to prevent and respond to bonfire night related incidents.

“While we want everyone to be able to enjoy fireworks in a safe way it is also important for shopkeepers to abide by the laws regulating the sale of fireworks."

Susie Helliwell, trading standards officer, added: “Fireworks that have been stored incorrectly can become damp or damaged which means they are then unpredictable when set off posing a risk to consumers and property.”

In Hertfordshire there are over 170 premises licensed to store fireworks and a few sellers who are licensed to sell fireworks all year round

The county council says most business do a “great job” in storing fireworks correctly and as safely as they can, but occasionally there are problems such as badly stored, damaged or old products.