The Dutch authorities made multiple mistakes while investigating the fireworks disaster at SE Fireworks in Enschede on May 13th, 2000, according to the results of a four year long investigation by former MEP Paul van Buitenen. The Public Prosecutor deliberately misled the judiciary to make sure that the criminal investigation had only one conclusion - that the government was not to blame, Van Buitenen concluded, NOS reports.
Willie Pater, co-director of SE Fireworks, told his story for the first time to ED on Wednesday - 15 years after the fireworks disaster in Enschede that left 23 people dead, nearly a thousand injured and a whole neighborhood wiped off the map. He no longer feels guilty, he told the newspaper.
Enschede will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the massive fireworks disaster that hit the city in May 2000. The explosion killed 23 people, injured nearly a thousand others, destroyed about 200 homes and wiped an entire neighborhood off the map.
The widows of the firemen who died in the Enschede fireworks disaster in May 2000, are suing the Dutch State.