Police often finds dangerous illegal fireworks stored in bedrooms
The police in Limburg and Brabant regularly encounter illegal fireworks in homes during checks, which are often stored in the bedroom, according to a spokesperson for the police in Oost-Brabant.
In Maastricht, officers recently found 10 kilos of cobra firecrackers in an apartment. The police was very concerned about this. "A single cobra firecracker can already cause enormous damage, you shouldn't think about what a large amount could do. People often don't think about it, but it can really lead to life-threatening situations," said a police spokesperson in Oost-Brabant.
Also in Limburg, the police regularly carry out inspections together with the Marechaussee and the Belgian police. This happens along the Belgian border, including between Roosteren and Maaseik. Most of the fireworks seized are illegal fireworks that fall into the category of "explosives," according to a Limburg police spokesperson.
"A number of investigations are ongoing, and at the same time we try to closely follow reports of illegal fireworks that we receive," the Maastricht police spokesperson explained. "We are doing our best to deploy personnel for controls and reports of nuisances where possible. We respond to reports of illegal fireworks and carry out controls at several locations in Limburg."
The police in Oost-Brabant however, does not carry out additional border controls. According to a spokesperson in Den Bosch, fireworks are given special attention during regular surveillance. Just like in Limburg, the police responds to signals and tips about illegal fireworks.
Reporting by ANP