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HSE refutes Christmas cracker ban claim

9 November 2010

Re: Daily Mail "Christmas crackers!: Six-year-old girl turned away from till because of rules banning the sale of 'explosives' to children" and Daily Express "Shop assistant stops girl, 6, from buying 'explosive' Christmas crackers"

Dear Sir,

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has not imposed any restrictions on the sale of Christmas crackers to children, as your article (8 November) claims.

HSE's responsibilities are focused on workplace risks associated with activities such as the serious business of manufacturing and storing significant quantities of explosives and fireworks.

The sale of Christmas crackers is a different matter and not the responsibility of HSE.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Morton
Chief Inspector of Explosives
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-02-14