Two bust for illegal fireworks

2013-01-17 00:00

TONS of illegal fireworks worth several million rand are likely be destroyed by police after a crackdown on two Durban importers in the last three weeks.

The owners allegedly contravened the Explosives Act and criminal cases have been opened.

At premises in Riverhorse Valley, police found 300 tons of fireworks on site that exceeded the importer’s licence to stock by 1 000 kg.

The fireworks were brought to South Africa in 2009 and last year and were found to be illegal, said spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

The licensee ignored police instructions to have the excess fireworks relocated to a safe warehouse, he added.

The stock, estimated at R10 million, was impounded and the importer’s licence revoked. Mdunge said police were applying to destroy the fireworks.

A search of premises in Sydney Road led police to another stash of illegal fireworks. The company owner had also exceeded the limits governed by his licence and there was evidence he was manufacturing fireworks. A criminal case was opened at Umbilo police station.

Counterfeit clothing worth about R2,5 million was also discovered and later seized by South African Revenue Services officials.

Mdunge said police would apply to destroy the fireworks, in this case worth about R2 million.

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