Rochdale man ‘took 200 fireworks on US plane’
BBC News- Manchester
An airline passenger claims he was allowed to take more than 200 fireworks on two flights in the United States.
Paul Jones, 29, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, flew across the US from Kansas to Houston and back to the UK with a bag of bangers – and a lighter.
It was only at Heathrow Airport that officials expressed concern, he said.
Continental Airlines said it did not have a record of the incident, but that it warned customers about hazardous materials prohibited on aircraft.
Bangers, which are explosives packed in a small tube, are banned from sale in the UK under The Fireworks (Safety) Regulation 1997.
US Federal law prohibits hazardous materials, such as fireworks, from being included in either checked in or carry-on baggage.
Mr Jones had been visiting Wichita, Kansas, during US Independence Day celebrations on 4 July and was left with the bag of Black Cat fireworks.
Deciding to take them home to Greater Manchester, he did not consider the security implications.
“I put them in my pocket, walked through then put them on a grey tray at the customs and security. They had to go through the x-ray,” he said…… (continued)