KZN cops seize 400 tons of fireworks

2013-01-16 22:31

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday they seized at least 420 tons of illegal fireworks in two separate cases.

A fireworks vendor in Riverhorse Valley, Durban, was discovered by the police's explosives unit to have more than 300 tons of fireworks, spokesperson Lieutenant ColonelVincent Mdunge said.

His licence only allowed him to store one ton.

In a second case in Durban's Sydney Road, a vendor was found in possession of 120 tons of fireworks worth around R2m, as well as R2.5m worth of counterfeit clothing.

Police confiscated the fireworks and made an application to have them destroyed.

The counterfeit clothing had been handed to customs officials from the SA Revenue Service.

  • ben.nevis.906 - 2013-01-16 22:45

    Made my day!! Thank you KZN police!

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-17 09:45

      Ok - my ast comment was violent - I apologise! But I get so mad at people that sell fireworks and the people that think its fun to set it off in our suburbs! Legislation must be passed to only set fireworks off at certain spots or bonfires like they do in the UK. Or lets have a referendum and let the people decide if we want fireworks or not!

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-01-17 10:44

      Tell us when and where the fireworks will be 'popped' I wanna take a front row seat with some pop-corn. Will make for an awesome show! (Yeah,yeah) far away from animals.

  • Simon Maabe - 2013-01-16 23:11

    It sounds to me that crime is a viable and credible business in this country. I should try one as well.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-17 07:28

      evidently these two fireworks vendors thought the same! 400 tons x an estimate cost @ R5 000/ton hardly seems a viable loss and therefore it aint credible either! But if you have a desire to end up behind bars, for what ever your reasons, then maybe you should try it!

  • Erna - 2013-01-17 00:37

    Good. Hope they don't destroy it by burning it. May cause problems of a different nature.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-17 00:45

    Why destroy it? You now have R2m worth of fireworks tomorrow the ANC will pay someone 200 million for the same amount just to destroy it anyways! Wow people can't think...

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-17 06:20

      they usually dont think before they comment too!................!

      chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-17 09:49

      Please do tell me what's wrong with my comment? Why not store the fireworks for events where they pay money to blow it up anyways? I'm curious as to why I am stupid? If someone gave you R2m rands worth of milk will jou throw it down the drain because it was confiscated or will jou give it to people?

  • allan.rosenberg.752 - 2013-01-17 05:27

    Wow what a score for the SA Revenue Services. Free clothes for all and sundry unless otherwise sold to defray expences

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2013-01-17 05:30

    The more the merrier!

  • dylan1972 - 2013-01-17 06:04

    300t found when licensed to store 1t... So this company must have had 1000t just before New Year then! So they still managed to sell a few hundred tonnes before getting nabbed! Well some discovery and a slap on the wrist is better than none...

  • rude.awakning - 2013-01-17 06:15

    hmmmm...........I forsee a big bang coming!!!!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-01-17 07:02

    How do they get these things into the country.

  • michelle.vanzuydam.5 - 2013-01-17 07:53

    It's stupid people who are easily amused by sparkly stuff that promote the illegal import of fireworks! Well done KZN police!!

  • - 2013-01-17 09:05

    I think they should just ban fireworks! FULL STOP!!!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-17 18:51

      not likely to happen in a million years! Rather seek responsible and considerate use with toned down bangs in a controlled environment!

  • Robert - 2013-01-17 09:26

    Here's the question..."IF" the fireworks are detroyed as stated, the "counterfeit" clothing handed over to SARS. 1) How much of the clothing was held back for family /freinds a quick sale? 2) What does SARS do with it? After all with the level of corruption in Govt....'nough said.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2013-01-17 11:05

    If you only knew how slack things are at Durban Harbour. I heard about it years ago. Not surprised at all.

  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-17 22:54

    @031Beefcake - here is a comment I made on kids throwing fireworks at a dog: This is dreadful - everyone knows how I feel about fireworks and now this. This is murder by torture!!! What bastards! The parents must be held accountable - what do they teach their kids - my kids have never lit fireworks - I taught them its a curse to humans and animals - sparkly, roman candles at bonfires are ok! The poor animal is put down and now they ask what can they do - heres what - a lifetime of community work at ALL SPCA's and Animal Cruelty Centres. These kids need to be taught a lesson that they can hand down to their kids - Animal cruelty is a crime...... See Beefcake? I too love the sparkly ones - and I do hate fireworks - and I love my religion - but I will not be cruel and torturous to people or animals - we are civilised - lets act like it!

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2013-01-18 07:03

    How did they weigh the fireworks..? Must have had a large scale...

  • Elize Pretorius Deetlefs - 2013-11-05 13:35

    Goed so. My Moeder was een jaar dodelik siek vir 'n maand van die rook wat die vuurwerke afgee, wat nog die diere wat baie meer sensitief is. VERBAN DIT. Dis tyd dat volwassenes groot word...... Vuurwerke is lankal nie meer daardie pakkie klein klappers wat gekoop kon word in die sestigs en sewentigs nie. DIE CHINESE LAG AL DIE PAD BANK TOE EN ONS MENSE VERARM WANT HULLE BLAAS HUL BIETJIE GELD DIE LUG IN........

  • Pieter Meere - 2013-11-07 13:33

    We all accept different cultures in this lovely country of ours. But I thought Duvali is the festival of lights - and not mainly loud bangs. WTF is the point of that. Oh yes, I know, it is to piss your neighbours off, scare all the pets, and make them so upset that they start getting a dislike into your cultural celibrations. I have to accept your culture - what about you accepting mine??

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