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Merseyside residents are being warned to be wary of bangers that have been found on sale in areas of the North West.

The bangers, sometimes in packages with the word “Tapirki” on them, are poorly constructed and can pose a danger to those using or selling them. The bangers themselves are red or black in colour and have no wording on them. It is illegal to sell bangers to anyone but a firework professional in the UK

The bangers have a short fuse on top and are sold individually or in packs of 10. They consist of a rolled up paper tube filled with gunpowder and a fuse at the top. After bangers are lit, they are usually thrown before exploding with a loud bang. If the fuse is too short, which can be the case with poorly constructed bangers, they could explode very quickly once lit causing injury to anyone holding them.

As a result members of the public are being warned not to buy bangers given the potential risks.

Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore, said: “Our primary role is keeping people safe, and as such we are still trying to investigate where these came from.

“We would urge anyone who may have seen these bangers for sale, whether it be in shop, a market or even the back of a van to contact us.

“Anyone who may have already purchased them or have them in their possession to contact Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service or Merseyside Police, who will dispose of these safely.

“Please do not put them in your normal household bin as they could be picked up by a young child and could cause them significant injuries.”

Watch Manager Ian Mullen, who is leading the bonfire strategy for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service this year, said: “In Merseyside there have been incidents in previous years in which young people have been injured by bangers.

“It is illegal to sell bangers and they are dangerous. Anyone who sells them, particularly to young people, could be responsible for people being seriously injured.”

If anyone believes they have information about the illegal sale, use or possession of fireworks, please contact Merseyside Police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the FIRST Team at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0151 296 4000.

Firework Facts

It is illegal for under 18s to buy fireworks, shops should refuse to sell to people under 18 and ask for proof of age if there is any doubt.

It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18. An adult firework is any firework except a cap, cracker snap, novelty match, party popper, serpent, sparkler or throw


Under the Explosives Act of 1875, It is illegal to let off or throw a firework in a public place

It is illegal to sell fireworks form unregistered/licensed premises

Don’t light fireworks after 11pm, or midnight on 5 November

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