Large-scale illegal fireworks imported to Holland

15th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Dutch companies are purchasing large amount of illegal fireworks from China.

THE HAGUE – The environment ministry says large amounts of illegal fireworks are imported into the Netherlands by official import companies.

The importers purchase illegal fireworks in China and store them along with legal fireworks in old NATO bunkers.

According to the ministry, Chinese manufacturers change the classification on the fireworks at the request of Dutch companies. A ministry spokesperson said the illegal fireworks are too dangerous and are not allowed to be sold in the Netherlands.

The ministry has also investigated six major criminal cases against illegal firework suppliers. The investigation revealed that despite convictions, the suppliers continue to sell illegal fireworks.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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