Outrage as shop BANS under-12s from buying Christmas crackers

One surprised woman snapped a sign warning that the festive staple couldn't be sold to kids under 12.

She tweeted a picture from the unknown charity shop with the comment: "Certainly seems to be the day for officious nanny state signage."

Jane Fae added: "Saw this in a local charity shop.

"Because it's what every wannabe crim and #Terrorist does this time of year.

"Buying thousands of crackers in order to bring down the system with a small bang and a weak joke."

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Her followers also seems taken aback at this bizarre crackdown on Christmas crackers, with one saying "but children under 12 can use them".

However one person pointed out party poppers are restricted to children over the age of 16.

And despite the surprise, under government legislation under-12s can't actually buy Christmas crackers, as they come under similar restrictions as fireworks.

Jane added: "It's part of a bigger thing. A nanny-state-ism and a think-of-the-children approach even where it really is not needed which often has consequences in other far more serious areas."

It is not known exactly where the shop is and what charity is fundraises for, but it looks like the sign was stuck on a glass d0or.

What is the law on selling crackers?

Under government legislation it states children under 12 cannot buy a Christmas cracker.

It is classed as a "pyrotechnic article" and has surprising limitations in place.

Under the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010 they count as "bangers", which "comprises a non-metallic tube which contains pyrotechnic composition and has a fuse".

Airlines have previously banned Christmas crackers, party poppers and chestnuts from flights.

Strict rules imposed by airports and airlines mean passengers aren’t always allowed to travel with these seasonal essentials – either in their hand luggage or checked bags.

Last year we told how a stunned family were ordered to remove a Christmas wreath from their front door for health and safety reasons.

“These are not permitted and therefore I would kindly ask that this is removed by no later than Thursday 14 December.”

And in another health and safety panic, a boy who won a legion of fans after dressing as a plug in the Sainsbury's Christmas advert sparked dozens of complaints.

Plug Boy became an internet sensation when he launched himself into a huge electrical socket in the ad about kids performing in a play.




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