Illegal online fireworks shop shut down after Suffolk County Council's Trading Standards raid house in Carlton Colville
An illegal online fireworks shop has been shut down after officers raided a property in Carlton Colville.
Suffolk County Council's Trading Standards officers were made aware of fireworks being sold on social media without a licence and carried out a raid on the house.
There they discovered around 200 fireworks, including rockets and sparklers, all of which were stored in cardboard boxes under a bed - a move which James Garrett, senior Trading Standards officer, described as 'incredibly dangerous'.
“We were shocked to find that these fireworks were kept in cardboard boxes, under the bed. This is incredibly dangerous, fireworks should be kept out of the reach of children and pets, and must be stored in secure, fire-resistant containers," he said.
"This showed little regard for the safety of anyone in the property or living nearby."
Officers also seized more than 170 pairs of branded shoes and sunglasses which are suspected to be counterfeit.
Cllr Richard Rout, cabinet member for environment and public protection at Suffolk County Council, said: “Our Trading Standards officers have once again demonstrated their commitment to keeping us all safe, and I thank them for that.
“In this case, they have not only protected the public by preventing fireworks potentially getting into the wrong hands and causing physical harm, but also protected our local businesses who sell fireworks legally.
"These reputable retailers would have missed out on potential sales because someone is selling them more cheaply, but illegally, online.”
Illegal sales of fireworks can carry fines of up to £5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said the investigation was 'continuing'.