Record amounts of illegal fireworks confiscated 

The Danish customs agency urges public to only purchase fireworks through certified handlers 

With New Year’s Eve swiftly approaching, the customs agency has revealed it has confiscated a record amount of illicit fireworks this year.

So far, over a ton of fireworks has been repossessed in 2021, an increase from 604 kilos in 2020. 

“We’ve never seen as many illegal fireworks in customs as we are now,” said Michael Lund, the agency’s head of control.

“Whether its citizens unknowingly breaking the law or organised crime, the heath of many people are at risk as the fireworks can be produced outside standard regulations for production security.”

Lund went on to encourage the public to only purchase fireworks through certified handlers.

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Can lead to fines
The customs agency is particularly finding the illegal products in packages posted from eastern Europe – everything from firecrackers, batteries, smoke grenades, roman candles and emergency flares. 

The agency passes on illegal fireworks cases to the police, which can result in fines. 

Fireworks sales opened in Denmark on December 15 and will run until December 31. 

The public is only allowed to light fireworks from December 27-January 1.