Alicante residents concerned over fireworks shop

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RESIDENTS concerned about a fireworks shop due to open next to a petrol station in Alicante have been told not worry.

The proximity does “not constitute a risk’, according to the fire prevention and extinguishing group SPEIS.

They have given the go ahead for the awarding of the first occupation license to the company Comercial de Restes y Revetlles in Avenida de Novelda, for the sale of fireworks next to a petrol station. Residents of Urbanisation Haygon and other homes near the three establishments had approached the neighbourhood association Ciudad Jardin about their concerns that having establishments with petrol, fireworks and a third business which stores bleach so close to each other could pose a risk to citizen safety.

Additionally, nearby in the Rabasa Industrial Estate is a plot of land full of wood, which would provide further fuel for any blaze. All of these establishments are also nearby various schools including Els Xiquets infants school.

They collected signatures for a petition to freeze the construction of the petrol station and the town hall initially complied with their request.

However, construction has since been given the go ahead after Alicante Fire Stations carried out an investigation.

They say the fireworks shop has a “protective structure” and “security conditions” are “in accordance with current regulations,” Spanish newspaper La Verdad reported.

It also said there is “no need” for the fireworks shop to be “separated from any other businesses,” Fireworks to be sold at the shop are also in limited quantities and only in class two and three – 50kg – not the more risky category one explosives, which decreases the risk, experts say.

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