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Half a ton of illegal fireworks seized in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Directorate of Civil Protection says they have made the largest fireworks seizure in Solidaridad with nearly half-a-ton of pyrotechnics.

A store in the Colosio colony of Playa del Carmen was the most recent to be visited by Civil Protection personnel for selling illegal fireworks. Emanuel Hedding, operational director of Civil Protection, says a store on 82nd Street was inspected for allegedly selling the fireworks.

When they arrived, they found nearly a half-a-ton of various fireworks being sold, adding that of the seizure, 90 percent were gunpowder, which is dangerous because they can explode at any time since they are without security features.

Municipal police were called in to help with the confiscation.

“To prevent regrettable tragedies, local social networking groups in Playa del Carmen are also being monitored now that different kinds of clandestine rockets are being offered, some of which are forbidden for sale,” said Hedding.

“Most of the illegal fireworks come from Villas del Sol, Colosio and Villamar 1 and 2,” he said.

Photo: la Dirección de Protección Civil de Solidaridad

“A week ago, we had a grocery store in Gonzalo Guerrero with a small table that showcased fireworks that exploded taking out the entire store. With these accidents, it’s the people who are affected because they did not have security measures nor the municipal permits. You must have a permit from Sedena (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional),” explained the official.

He noted that the sale of all varieties of rockets are also prohibited adding that the monitoring and surveillance operations of the sale of illegal fireworks will continue until the end of the year.

“We will be finishing operations on January 6, and until then, we ask for the support of society to report 911 if they know of any place where they sell illegal fireworks,” he concluded.

This latest seizure came after a citizen reported of the sale of the illegal fireworks.