Police make a sweep and find illegal fireworks at markets

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photos
Police check out the fireworks at an Orosí market and then display their haul.

Fuerza Pública officers did not have any trouble finding illegal fireworks stashed under the counter at three supermarkets.

They reported Monday that they had confiscated 9,312 fireworks, all of the illegal exploding kind.

The police effort is unlikely to make a dent in the market, because as the clock reaches midnight New Year’s Eve, the sky will be filled with exploding projectiles.

Police have joined with health officials and those from the Hospital de Niños to try to eliminate injuries caused by fireworks. The problem is that many exploding devices are smuggled into the country, sometimes from Nicaragua.

Police said they confiscated illegal fireworks at a mini supermarket in Orosi, at a supermarket in Birrisito and at one in La Laguna.

Nils Ching Vargas, the Fuerza Pública director in Cartago, said that the crackdown would continue to try to prevent harm to children.

Police said that fireworks that they confiscated were available to children.

Police officials pointed out that the available fireworks are dangerous because they may not be made correctly.

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