Italian authorities seize fireworks

Dec. 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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NAPLES, Italy, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Italian authorities have seized nearly five tons of illegal fireworks near Naples, officials said.

The Chinese-made fireworks were confiscated Thursday from a company in Caserta, ANSA reported.

The seizure is the result of increased scrutiny ahead of New Year's celebrations, when tons of black-market fireworks are sold, the report said.

One mortar now being sold packs a blast that can cause serious damage to people or objects within a "very wide" radius, police said.

Young fireworks fans have given some of the products names, including "The bin Laden," "The Maradona Bomb," "Desert Storm" and "Red October."

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