Ras Al Khaimah: firecracker dealer arrested, 18.5 tonnes of firecrackers seized

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The boxes of firecrackers seized from a farm in Ras Al Khaimah. EXPAT MEDIA

Police in Ras Al Khaimah have arrested a person selling firecrackers without a permit and also seized 18.5 tonnes of firecrackers hidden in a farm.

According to Ras Al Khaimah Police, the dealer was secretly selling the firecrackers from a house in the emirate. Police found 1,038 boxes of various firecrackers weighing a total of 18.5 tonnes that were hidden in a farm behind the house.

The firecrackers were seized and the dealer was nabbed in a joint operation by the Criminal Investigation Department in cooperation with the General Department of Weapons and Explosives at the Ministry of Interior, Special Tasks Department at Ras Al Khaimah Police and the Ma’moura Comprehensive Police Station.

Major General Ali Abdullah Bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the Criminal Investigation Department received a tip-off that the person was illegally selling firecrackers in a small house. A surveillance team confirmed the tip-off and the suspect was caught red-handed. The firecrackers in his possession were also seized.

UAE law on selling, buying fireworks

Ahead of Eid Al Fitr celebrations, the UAE Public Prosecution recently warned of strict penalties for buying or selling fireworks in the UAE.

The Public Prosecution’s Criminal Information Centre pointed out the federal decree law making it illegal to trade, import or buy fireworks in the UAE without a licence. The law also makes it illegal to export, manufacture or smuggle fireworks to and from the UAE. According to the UAE Public Prosecution, the penalty for violators is a minimum of one year in jail and a minimum fine of Dh100,000. ICA/Expat Media

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