The Vale of Glamorgan Council has said that army officers had to be called in to deal with a £3,500 consignment of fireworks being illegally stored in the A-Z Dragon Discounts store on Windsor Road Penarth.
The trading standards inspection of A-Z Dragon Discounts of Windsor Road was carried out on October 25 last year in which Vale officials had to call in army experts to deal with the sheer quantity of fireworks discovered.
The Vale Council subsequently brought a trading standards prosecution against the shop in which Cardiff Magistrates heard that over 60 kilogrammes of explosive fireworks were stored in the a rear storeroom of the premises in what was described as a “dangerous and unsafe manner”.
The fireworks were found to be damp and were alleged not to have been segregated from flammable materials.
Mr Sangat Singh and Trishna Kaur Singh – both of Felin Fach, Whitchurch, Cardiff pleaded guilty to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The court imposed fines of £1,920 on Sangat Singh and £1,080 on Trishna Singh . The council was awarded £2,000 in costs.
The magistrates took the view that this was a very serious offence and ordered that the fireworks – worth £3,500 – should be forfeited and destroyed.
Cllr Hunter Jarvie, Vale Council cabinet member for Shared Regulatory Services [ the trading standards operation which the Vale runs in collaboration with Bridgend ] said:
“Fireworks are highly dangerous articles and need to be stored safely. Officers monitor premises which have explosives licences and will take the necessary action to ensure that both staff and the public are safe.”
“This was a very dangerous situation with residential accommodation above the building.”