Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Friday | December 28, 2012
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Firecracker crackdown
Inspector Derrick Powell (right), Assistant Superintendent Eron Samuels and Constable Sophia Francis look at some of the explosive devices seized on the streets of downtown Kingston in recent days. Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
The Kingston Central police are warning vendors and shoppers in downtown Kingston that they will be prosecuted if found in possession of explosive devices, including firecrackers.

Several of these explosive items have been seized in the market district in recent days and the police say they will be stepping up their street patrols in the days leading up to the traditional New Year's Day celebrations.

"These items are a danger to the public. Buildings have caught fire and persons have suffered injuries from these devices," said Assistant Superintendent Eron Samuels as he pointed to a large stock pile seized from a vendor on Princess Street.

"They have been set off by persons who use them to mask gunfire," added Samuels.

He was supported by Inspector Derrick Powell who warned that there would be no discretion from the cops.

Pointing to the items labelled 'Red Devil Super Firecracker', 'TNT Whistling Moon Traveller' and the innocent-looking 'Birthday Candle' which is loaded with explosives, Powell said the Kingston Central police would be very vigilant for the next few days.

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