Bus passenger accused of transporting thousands of fireworks

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía
y Segruidad Pública photo
Police officer catalogs the various types of fireworks that
were confiscated from a woman on a bus.

A Nicaraguan woman has been detained as a suspect of smuggling 7,200 individual fireworks into Costa Rica. The woman simply stowed the explosives as baggage on a public bus. Fuerza Pública officers are on the lookout for such materials, which are illegal in Costa Rica.

The arrest took place Friday in Santa Cecilia de Miramar, which is in Upala. The bus was one in regular service between the border crossing of Peñas Blanca and San José.

Even possession of fireworks for sale is a crime under the law of firearms and explosives. The penalty could be from three to six years. The penalty is higher if minors are involved in some way, said the Fuerza Pública.

Police agencies are involved with medical officials in an effort to reduce the number of children who are burned or otherwise injured by fireworks during the holiday season. Despite the effort all types of explosive fireworks are available under the table at various Central Valley outlets.

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