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Four arrested as police raid nets 36 tonnes of illegal fireworks

Friday 30 November 2012

At least four people have been arrested for trading in illegal fireworks following police raids on a warehouse in Emmen.

Some 36 tonnes of fireworks were being stored in the building, most likely illegal imports from China via Belgium and Poland, RTL news reported. The storage site was close to private homes.

In total, 12 homes in Drenthe province were searched and four guns, a quantity of cash and four cars were also seized. The police investigation is continuing.

This is the first major bust of the traditional Dutch firework season. Every year police seize thousands of kilos of fireworks which have been smuggled into the country in the run up to the New Year celebrations.

The Netherlands has strict laws relating to the sale of fireworks. They may only be sold to the public from licensed locations during a few days prior to December 31.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I say "Keep up the good work police." I am very thankful for the tough laws we have here regarding the sale of fireworks. To many time I see youngsters playing with them long before Old Years Eve Not to mention the effect it has on our older folks as well as our dogs and cats.

By dee | 30 November 2012 11:03 AM

Gee whiz crackle pop boom bang..it's just supply & demand, 'same as weed: there will always be a minority that experiment & end up in hospital..to be human is to err, the state playing God is not the way, education is needed, not criminalization.

By Catherine Squealer | 30 November 2012 1:02 PM

I will never understand the Dutch fascination with fireworks. It's so childish.

By Quince | 30 November 2012 5:46 PM

I wish they would make all fireworks illegal or at least stricter penalties. I'm sick of listening to them go off every day. We even have to leave the city on New Year's Eve it gets so bad!

By M | 30 November 2012 8:20 PM

In America I grew up appreciating fireworks; the professional art, and personal use. But I did not live in a city. Here in Holland the vandalism and annual rise in bodily injury is not worth the freedom to use all classes of fireworks. The law should be repealed. By the way, the comment about fireworks & weed is ridiculous: "..same as weed, there will always be a minority that experiment & end up in hospital".

By Kevin L. | 1 December 2012 12:47 AM

@Quince. It's the human condition and it's not exclusive domain of the Dutch. The same thing happens in the UK around the 5th of November (Guy Fawkes night) and in the US around the 4th of July. I'd go as far as to say anywhere the public have access to fireworks there will be idiots who store and use them incorrectly.

By groverpm | 1 December 2012 9:46 AM

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