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A recent survey has highlighted the worrying intentions of young people who plan to celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks!

"An analysis of intended firework purchasing by young people celebrating Bonfire Night in 2016" has been published by Under Age Sales Ltd.

The report explores intended firework purchasing by young people celebrating Bonfire Night in 2016. It does not draw any conclusions, but the data is presented with some interesting highlights.

The research shows that one-in-five children aged 15/16 say that they are going to get hold of fireworks themselves (that’s more than 150,000 kids). A fifth of them (30,000) will be buying the fireworks themselves with or without fake ID. The results show that retailers need to be vigilant, ensure that they have appropriate warning notices in place and have properly trained their staff to challenge for and check ID.

Worcestershire County Council Trading Standards Service supports Challenge 25, which is also endorsed by all the major supermarkets. The scheme was originally introduced by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in 2005, with the intention of preventing young people gaining access to age restricted products including cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. Under the scheme, customers attempting to buy age-restricted products are asked to prove their age if in the retailer's opinion they look under 25, even though the minimum age to buy alcohol, cigarettes and fireworks in the UK is 18. The scheme has since been taken over by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG).

If you have concerns about sales of fireworks please use our Report It form.

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