Police confiscate hundreds of fireworks ahead of Purim

March 9, 2017 14:02
1 minute read.
Breaking news

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Police arrested two teenagers from central Israel and confiscated hundreds of fireworks on Thursday in an alleged firework trafficking ring. Police say they are looking to crackdown on the illegal explosives, which are in high demand ahead of the Purim holiday this Saturday.

In a statement police said they uncovered “organized activity of minors” in an attempt to traffic thousands of fireworks and “dangerous toys.”

Border police raided the home of the main suspect, a 16-year-old from central Israel, and confiscated hundreds of fireworks. Another suspect, 16, was arrested and both were released after police questioning. Two adults were also questioned in the investigation.

Police alleged that the minors used code names for the fireworks like “guinea pigs” and “grandfather’s cane” in the private messaging application Whatsapp to organize purchases with other minors. “The sales were made in quantities of inventories, rather than individual [fireworks],” the police said in a statement.

The suspects said they were selling to friends in the neighborhood and those who sought them out, the police said.

After confiscating the fireworks they were transferred to a police sapper for disposal.

“Police continue increased advocacy and enforcement activities throughout the pre-holiday period,” the police said, adding that they seek to “prevent our children from dangerous and serious injuries.”

Related Content

Breaking news
August 16, 2018
Woman killed in hit and run near Havat Gilad outpost