Arrest after finding illegal fireworks

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Emmeloord – More than 8 kilograms of illegal fireworks were found in a house on Leemanstraat in Emmeloord on Monday, November 13. An 18-year-old man from Emmeloord has been arrested and is still in custody.

After investigation, police officers tracked down the 18-year-old man who allegedly started manufacturing illegal fireworks. During the raid, the police found a launch device, probably for the purpose of putting together fireworks. Because the danger posed by the fireworks put together by the suspect was very high, partly due to the very instability of the fireworks, a fireworks specialist from the police and the EOD was called in to remove them safely.

Fireworks have become increasingly heavier and more dangerous in recent decades
Fireworks have become increasingly heavier and therefore more dangerous in recent decades. As a result, it has become an increasing social problem in recent years due to environmental damage, injuries and even deaths. Fireworks with the power of explosives are used for attacks and threats. But also to attack emergency workers and enforcers. The trade in these fireworks has become an increasingly lucrative revenue model for criminals and their networks. This poses a danger to society.

Police approach
It is our job as police to detect and tackle the trade in prohibited fireworks – whether purchased abroad or not. Buyers of these fireworks run the risk of a hefty fine and a note in their criminal record. For example, if there is a threat or destruction, the penalties are higher.

Our approach is aimed at preventing highly explosive fireworks from ending up on the street. In recent years, this has led to mega catches in Germany and the shutdown of trading networks via Telegram.

Reporting helps
As the police, we can investigate and enforce them, but we cannot 100% prevent these explosives, which have the power of a hand grenade, from being misused. It is important that we as a society realize that these fireworks have lost their innocence. The trade and storage of prohibited fireworks explosives creates life-threatening situations. If you have information about this: report this to the police on 0900-8844. This can also be done via Report Crime Anonymous (0800-7000). If you have information about extreme fireworks explosions: report it through your municipality.

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