MORE than 30,000 jumbo-sized cigarette lighters have been taken off the market following swoops by Trading Standards.
Officials from the West Sussex branch visited shops most likely to be selling the lighters and removed from sale any that were potentially dangerous.
An estimated one million giant lighters have found their way into the country.
A small number of different brands have caused serious incidents, including a house fire and severe burns to one person’s hand.
They started off being supplied from markets and car boot sales, but have found their way into bargain shops where they sell for between £1.50 and £3.
Officers sent a selection of lighters away for testing – and all failed safety standards or had inadequate safety warnings.
Graeme MacPherson, head of Trading Standards, said: ‘Following these tests, the importers of the affected products removed 32,000 lighters from their stocks.
‘One importer we identified was storing the lighters in an old lorry on his driveway. The Fire and Rescue Service insisted upon its immediate removal.’