Man detained for possession of over 4,000 pyrotechnic explosives

in News · 10-11-2019 14:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Porto Territorial Command, through the Matosinhos Criminal Investigation Centre, supported by an Explosives Inactivation Team and the Vila Nova de Cerveira Territorial Post, on 7 November, detained a 57-year-old man for the crime of trafficking and weapons mediation in the municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Following an investigation that took place about 5 months ago, it was found that the suspect was not only packing and handling highly explosive material (gunpowder) without any kind of safety conditions, but was also engaged in the manufacture and illegal sale of pyrotechnic artefacts made from his home and the storerooms of a former pyrotechnic factory.

Following the investigation, two search warrants were served, resulting in the arrest of the suspect and the seizure of 250kg of gunpowder, 4744 rockets and other pyrotechnic artefacts, 10 metres of detonation cord, 10 metres of slow cord and other materials used for the manufacture of pyrotechnic artefacts.

Taking into account the degree of danger and instability of the seized materials, as well as the high quantity, the Porto Explosives Inactivation Team, following the stipulated safety protocols, made the safe disposal of the materials on site.


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