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Dubai Police seized four tonnes of fireworks during Ramadan

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Dubai Police seized four tonnes of fireworks during Ramadan, the force has revealed. Throughout the holy month, officers have been taking to the streets and travelling around the emirate in a campaign bus to educate parents and children about the dangers of fireworks.

Brigadier Abdullah Al Ghaithi, director of protective security and emergency, said social media has been a big help, with more than 130,000 people supporting the campaign online.

“There has been more communication with the public this year via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook due to our hashtag #stay_safedxb”, said Al Ghaithi.

However, officers also discovered that some people were selling fireworks on social media. They seized 5kg of the explosives from one man alone who was advertising them on Instagram.

Al Ghaithi said staff on board the bus also spotted youths aged seven to 19 setting off fireworks in Al Rashidiya. They stopped them and confiscated the fireworks.

“We took them inside the bus and showed them a film. Some children went to their houses and brought back more fireworks after they saw the potential dangers”, Al Ghaithi said.

There are no accurate figures for the number of people injured by fireworks, police said, as those who go to hospital seeking treatment often lie about the cause.

Under the law, anyone caught selling fireworks can be jailed for up to three months or fined Dhs5,000.

The force, though, said the message is getting through as last year they seized nine tonnes of fireworks during Ramadan.


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