Fastline Imports fined for sending dangerous fireworks for sale in North Yorkshire

A company that sent dangerous fireworks for sale in North Yorkshire is facing a legal bill of more than £41,000.

Fastline Imports Ltd also refused to tell consumer watchdogs where they had sent the fireworks so they could be removed from sale nationwide, a court has heard.

York magistrates told the company: ‘It beggars belief that you have not cooperated with commercial standards’ and said the fireworks ‘presented a significant risk’.

They heard how North Yorkshire Trading Standards Officers found an unknown explosive ingredient in the pyrotechnics when they seized them in Scarborough.

“Throw-away” fireworks, designed to be thrown on the ground, bore a CE safety mark indicating they were safe but had not undergone safety checks.

Fastline Imports of Little Stanney, Chester pleaded guilty to three violations of fireworks safety regulations.

He was fined £39,000 and £2,245 prosecution costs.

North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: ‘A business importing fireworks into the UK has a responsibility to ensure they are safe and up to standard. safety and labelling.

“This company failed to take proper steps to verify that the releases were safe and then failed to assist council officers in removing the product from the market.

“It’s disappointing and irresponsible and the court recognized that in its sentence today.”

The county council said the fireworks contained a different explosive ingredient than what was on the label.

It also exceeded noise limits when turned on.

According to the law, the company should have carried out a conformity assessment to show that it was safe before selling it.

But he hadn’t.

It had also affixed a CE safety mark to the fireworks, which was prohibited unless the product had undergone and passed a conformity assessment procedure.

North Yorkshire Trading Standards officials have imposed a notice of suspension on the product, which prohibits its sale or supply. But the company did not tell the council which wholesalers it had already supplied the fireworks to, so they could be withdrawn from sale.

Anyone who sees fireworks on sale that they are concerned about can report it to the Trading Standards Officers via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

An import company has been fined £39,000 by a court after fireworks mislabeled with a safety mark were found on sale in Scarborough.

Officers from North Yorkshire Trading Standards led the charge against a Chester-based company, Fast Line Imports Limited, which pleaded guilty to three offenses under the Pyrotechnics (Safety) Articles Act 2015 at a hearing before the York Magistrates Court.

In addition to the fine, the company must also face costs of £2,245.

CE marking is used to confirm that goods comply with safety regulations.

Trading standards officers submitted the ‘disposable’ type fireworks for testing after they were seized in Scarborough, and those checks confirmed they contained an unknown explosive ingredient, not the one stated on the label, and also exceeded noise limits.

The company had not gone through a conformity assessment procedure to show that the product was safe before selling it, which is required by law.

Despite this, the product has been marked with the CE safety mark, which only needs to be applied once the conformity assessment procedure has been passed.

Trade standards officials issued a notice of suspension preventing the sale or supply of the product, but the company did not tell agents which wholesalers it had previously distributed the product to, meaning that a full withdrawal from the sale could not happen.

Magistrates who heard the case said: ‘It beggars belief that you did not cooperate with trading standards.’

They also felt that the product “presented a significant risk”.

North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: ‘A business importing fireworks into the UK has a responsibility to ensure they are safe and up to standard. safety and labelling.

“This company failed to take proper steps to verify that the releases were safe and then failed to assist council officers in removing the product from the market.

“It’s disappointing and irresponsible and the court recognized that in its sentence today.”

Anyone who sees fireworks on sale that they are concerned about can report it to the Trading Standards Officers via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

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