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Police crack down on fireworks after accident

July 13, 2012 9:24 P.M. (Updated: July 14, 2012 11:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian police in Bethlehem said Friday that they would clamp down on the sale and distribution of fireworks, a statement said.

Following an order from President Mahmoud Abbas, police will seek to imprison anyone caught trading fireworks for two years and will impose a fine of 200 Jordanian dinars.

Police said they are undertaking a number of awareness programs to teach people about the danger of fireworks, including workshops in schools and radio shows.

An accident involving fireworks injured 28 people, including four seriously, late Thursday at a wedding hall in northern Ramallah, medical officials said.

On Friday, Palestinian police seized more than 200 cartons of fireworks in Ramallah and the Al-Bireh governorate during a campaign to crack down on the explosives, officials said.

Fireworks are routinely used in religious and social celebrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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