A SPATE of yob behaviour has sparked a warning about potentially harmful counterfeit bangers.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service (WYTSS) feels suppliers are continuing to supply the bangers despite them being banned outright in the UK in 1997. Some illegally using the Black Cat firework brand.
The bangers are sold in packs of ten. They are generally described as being a small red tube with a short fuse on top. It is certain that these are counterfeit products and as with other counterfeit goods, the bangers are likely to have been constructed from poor quality materials and would fail to meet safety standards.
When tested, the bangers were found to contain a type of flash powder that is more powerful, and louder, than normal. Some of the bangers found were also unusual as the method to light some of them is different to the majority of legitimate fireworks sold in the UK. The inadvertent or deliberate misuse of these bangers could result in a serious hand injury.
Due to their size and cheap cost, the bangers are particularly appealing to children and young people, who may be unaware of the serious dangers they pose.
Traders are also advised to source legitimate fireworks from reputable suppliers and not to buy from the back of a van, car boot sales or from dubious internet sites.
Chief officers at WYTSS Graham Hebblethwaite said these bangers pose a serious danger to people and they are very concerned that they are still being supplied. “We would urge retailers not to supply them and for members of the public to report anyone they suspect of supplying them on 08455 04 05 06. Where we investigate examples of traders flouting the law, enforcement action will be taken.”