By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Boom, crack and pop went the first of over 229,000 pieces of fireworks captured by the security ministry for 2017 on Tuesday.
Specialists attached to the Dirección General de Armamento who handle explosives gathered up the seized goods in one big pile at Los Sitios de Moravia in the province of San José, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.
William Hidalgo, the head of the armament section, was the one who pressed the button that blew up the firework pile.
The ministry was quick to note, however, that this was carried out under the strictest supervision of the public security ministry, the Bomberos de Costa Rica and the Cruz Roja.
This represents the first incineration of fireworks by the government this year, officials said.
According to data provided by the armament section, more almost three million pieces of fireworks have been destroyed since 2007.
This includes the stash destroyed Tuesday.
The seized articles are both legal and illegal fireworks seized by police officers attached to the Fuerza Pública and Fronteras.
A substantial amount of fireworks, at almost half of the total destroyed, were done between 2015 and 2016.
They included interesting names such as espanta suegras, Spanish for frighten mother-in-law, and curatos de dinamita, or dynamite rooms.
It was not reported if officials had fun blowing up the captured gods.