The European Commission welcomed today’s adoption by the European Parliament of the Commission proposal to make the internal market for pyrotechnic articles leaner. Further to this vote fireworks will soon become safer to use thanks to new rules requiring clearer labels and instructions in the languages of each Member State where the products are for sale. Products that comply with the safety rules will carry the CE marking to show they meet all the requirements set out in the legislation. Manufacturers must keep all related documentation for 10 years.
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The EIG was very concerned to learn of the deaths of two firefighters attending the incident in Sussex on the 3rd December 2006 and our sympathies go out to the friends and family of all those involved. Whilst it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the incident the industry would point out that the safety record for the storage of fireworks in the UK is very good and controlled by very strict legislation