Saturday 31 October 2020

Police arrest seven, seize 50 tonnes of fireworks, in cross border probe

Fireworks for a professional show. Photo:

Dutch and German police have arrested seven people and seized 50 tonnes of fireworks for use in professional shows in a joint cross-border operation, local broadcaster RTV Noord reported.

Three people from the northern Groningen town of Delfzijl were arrested earlier this month, on suspicion of selling professional fireworks to members of the public. They were found with some 700 kilos of fireworks plus a quantity of cash.

That investigation led across the border to Germany, where four Dutch nationals were arrested and over 50 tonnes of fireworks were confiscated. Part of the haul, some two tonnes, were in a van waiting to be shipped, RTV Noord said.

Police put the value of the firework haul at €750,000 and say more arrests cannot be ruled out.

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