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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.”