Following a tip-off, police confiscated £3,500 worth of fireworks from Seacombe Prison, Wirral.
A massive shipment of fireworks was destroyed after they were found in a prison.
They were worth £3,500 and contained commercial quality fireworks used in organized events.
Joe Cunliffe, Station Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Fireworks are not toys – they are explosives and should be treated with respect.
The operation was conducted jointly by the police, fire department and Trading Standards.
The loot included commercial fireworks, usually used at organized events. It is suspected that they were sold illegally.
“The sale of fireworks from the back of a van, a house or, in this case, a storage room is illegal. You might think you are doing a good deal, but if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
“Buy fireworks only from reputable retailers registered with the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. When buying fireworks, always make sure that they carry the CE mark. If they do not have it, they are probably counterfeit and should not be used.
said Paul Harrison, Community Policing Inspector: “We have recently seen incidents at Wirral where fireworks have been thrown at people and objects. The dangers of these incidents and their illegal storage are clearly evident and will not be tolerated.
“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues and the Merseyside Police and Trading Standards to ensure that any information we receive about the illegal sale of fireworks is investigated and those involved are held accountable for their actions.
“We will maintain a common sense approach on Halloween and campfire night – and work to encourage people to respect the restrictions and explain why they are so important. But where people disregard the restrictions, we will take action”.
The police have announced that they will send additional police officers to the streets during Halloween and campfire nights this year to discourage anti-social behavior and enforce the current Covid-19 curfew regulations.
To report a crime, call 999 in an emergency or alternatively call DM @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK.