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Kerala: 3,200 kg of firecrackers seized in Kozhikode; six arrested

In the wake of the temple fire tragedy at Kollam, 3,220 kg of firecrackers were seized in raids at various places in and around Kozhikode over the past two days and six persons arrested, police said on Tuesday.

Kerala 3,200 kg of firecrackers-AV

The raids were conducted in the aftermath of the tragedy at Puttingal Devi temple in Parvoor and in view of the ensuing Vishu festival, City Police Commissioner Uma Behra said. Four persons were arrested under the Explosive Act from four areas in Kozhikode for storing firecrackers above the permissible limits, she said.

In Koilandy limits, two persons – K Chandran (67) and Ajithkumar (55) – were arrested under the Act on Monday for storing and selling firecrackers more than the sanctioned quantity, Circle Inspector P Haris said.

About 2,500 kg of firecrackers was seized yesterday from Chandran’s shop. He had been given licence to sell only 350 kg, the CI said. Ajithkumar had stored around 1,000 kg of firecrackers against the permissible limit of 450 kg, he said.

The accident early on Sunday at Puttingal Devi Temple Complex had occurred during an unauthorised competitive fireworks display after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers, triggering explosions.

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