Manchester woman finds fireworks from the 1980s hidden in her house

A woman from Manchester's Bonfire Night celebrations nearly took a retro turn after she discovered a box of fireworks from the 1980s hidden in a room of her house.

The Manchester resident handed the fireworks in after finding out about Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Firework Amnesty.

The Northern Star selection box contains fireworks more than 30-years-old, which would be illegal to sell under current safety regulations.

Some of the fireworks which were found

Manchester Fire Safety Officer, Geoff Pridmore, said: “The lady found the fireworks in a cupboard after clearing out a room in her house.

“There could have been problem if she’d suffered a fire, but thankfully they’ve been left undisturbed for more than 30 years.

“She definitely did the right thing getting in touch with us to take advantage of our amnesty for fireworks.

“We will take them to secure storage and dispose of them at a later date.” 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is currently running a fireworks amnesty to try and reduce firework related incidents during the autumn.

The amnesty allows members of the public to dispose of fireworks safely by calling 0800 555 815 and arranging with GMFRS to collect them.

For more tips on how to stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night visit www.safe4autumn.com or www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.