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Malaysian customs seize 20 tons of illegal fireworks

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KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) – Malaysia’s Customs Department seized 20 tons of illegal fireworks in the biggest single haul for the country in a year.

Azimah Abd Hamid, an assistant director of the customs department in the central Perak state, said the department arrested a 37-year-old suspect during the raid of a double-storey house on Dec 27.

“Upon entering, we found the entire ground floor was filled with firecrackers,” Ms Azimah said, adding the seizure came after a fire and explosion killed six people in the same area on Dec, 12, including five teenagers as well as the owner of the shop lot where the fireworks were stored.

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