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One in five imported fireworks are 'too dangerous' to sell

Thursday 27 December 2012

Almost one in five fireworks imported into the Netherlands for sale to the general public failed to meet safety standards, according to a report by government inspectors.

The main problems inspectors identified are inflammable packing, fireworks which fall over easily and fireworks which go off too quickly, broadcaster RTL reported.

This year 18% of imported fireworks were rejected on safety grounds, down from 21% last year and in 2010. Over the past eight years, on average one in four fireworks is considered too dangerous to sell.

The importers of the fireworks, many of which come from Poland and the Czech Republic, face a fine.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Everyone seems to be pissy about fireworks, but you have to admit, this safety testing thing must be a fun job :)

By funny | 28 December 2012 10:04 AM

You know, I LOVE fireworks, but only if they're set off in some official capacity like the town/city. What I hate are individuals setting off fireworks. It's not the fireworks that are the problem, it's the obnoxious PEOPLE that set them off.

By Stupid | 28 December 2012 6:31 PM

If NL is so unsure how to handle fireworks, just ask the Chinese: after all, they were the inventors thousands of years ago. :)

By The visitor | 29 December 2012 12:29 PM

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