Magistrates have fined a firework supplier £4,320 after he failed to display warning notices and allowed smoking in a smoke free area.
Magistrates at Highbury Corner Magistrates. Court found Carlo Picariello, 50, of Lydney, Bracknell, guilty in his absence on 15 August of the two offences, contrary to Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and a further offence of failing to disclose business information during a routine visit by Enfield Council enforcement officers to the Firework Shop in Drayton Nurseries in Cattle Gate Road, Enfield, on 1 November last year.
He was fined £3,660 for failing to display a poster stating it was illegal for people under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place, £440 for allowing smoking in a smoke free zone and £220 for failing to disclose business information.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Licensing and Regulatory Services, Cllr George Savva, said: “We have regulations in place to protect the public and make sure businesses act ethically and lawfully.
"Business owners who are not prepared to abide by the rules need to understand that we will take appropriate action against them including prosecuting them where appropriate.
“Businesses which sell potentially dangerous products need to understand they have an obligation to help protect the public and allowing people to smoke in a fireworks shop strikes me as a singularly irresponsible thing to do.
"It is incredibly dangerous and poses a completely avoidable risk to the safety of others.”