Police don't store fireworks safely
Only a quarter of police stations in the Netherlands handle confiscated fireworks according to the regulations.
7 December 2007
THE HAGUE – Only a quarter of police stations in the Netherlands handle confiscated fireworks according to the regulations. This emerged from inspections conducted by the ministry of housing, spatial planning and the environment (VROM). The department announced this on Friday.
The VROM inspectorate visited the 25 police regions between December 2006 and October of this year. Six had suitable storage places. The remaining regions did not have suitable fire-safe storage cabinets, or were storing other explosive materials in them in violation of the law.
Spokesperson for the board of police commissioners Jelle Egas said that the actions of police departments have not led to any dangerous situations. When actions targeting large quantities of fireworks are planned, arrangements are made in advance to have the fireworks stored in special storage areas.
When the police confiscate small amounts, from children on the street for instance, and the department itself does not have adequate storage, then the contraband is brought to a neighbouring police district.
The VROM inspectorate warned police last year already that 16 of the 25 police departments were not in compliance with the safety requirements. Egas says that "progress" has been made. A "handful" of departments are waiting for the necessary permit to set up a storage location for fireworks.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news