Italian police seize tons of illegal fireworks

Police on a mission to limit the damage when Italians ring in the new year with bright lights and loud bangs said Friday they have seized more than 12 tons of illegally manufactured firecrackers, &to=' target=_blank>fireworks and other devices.

A total of 153,000 devices, weighing more than six tons and worth an estimated Ђ400,000 (US$473,000), were seized last week in a warehouse in Teramo, central Italy, said Mimmo De Carolis, a top Carabinieri police official in the city.

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