Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Illegally stored fireworks found next to blaze

A BLAZE on a Ford industrial estate led to £10,000 worth of illegally stored fireworks being discovered by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service.

The fireworks were found stored in a large shipping container that was next to a container that was on fire. Trading Standards officers attended the incident at the request of West Sussex County Council Fire and Rescue Service, which was tackling the blaze.  

Some of the fireworks – which were stored alongside a mini-motorbike, fuel and alcohol – had already gone off. Firefighters immediately took action to prevent further explosions and an ordnance company was called in to remove the fireworks for destruction.

The fireworks were owned by Aaron Davies, of Marina View, Littlehampton, who was fined £2500 and ordered to pay £2500 costs after pleading guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday November 29 to storing explosives without holding licence.

Davies had told Trading Standards officers that he bought the fireworks from China in 2008. He intended to sell them on, but when this fell through he just kept them in the container.

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Anyone storing fireworks requires a licence or registration from Trading Standards.

“We would urge anyone whose business involves storing fireworks, to look at our Trading Standards Service web pages, which detail the appropriate rules and regulations and contact us if they need help or advice.”