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Hertfordshire County Council's trading standards team has been removing illegal fireworks from sale as Bonfire Night approaches.

There are more than 170 premises in the county licensed to store fireworks and a few sellers are licensed to sell them all year round.

Since 2017, the county council has removed about 1,050 fireworks from five traders in the county, and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews have attended seven Bonfire Night-related incidents.

Trading standards officer Susie Helliwell said: "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."

Bishop's Stortford's Cllr Colin Woodward, HCC's deputy cabinet member for community safety and waste management, 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.

"We would strongly encourage people to attend a professionally-organised display, which is much safer for you and your family. If, however, you are thinking of lighting fireworks at home, follow our important fire safety advice."

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