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Customs officers try to block Polish fireworks

The Local · 26 Dec 2011, 13:30

Published: 26 Dec 2011 13:30 GMT+01:00

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Officials have seized thousands of substandard fireworks over the last few months – including one case in November where they found 10,000 illegal firecrackers in a car at Frankfurt (Oder).

In many cases the seized fireworks do not meet German safety standards or are missing approval markings from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), the agency that regulates fireworks sales in Germany.

In some cases, said German Customs Administration spokesman Andreas Behnisch, firework merchants even put fake BAM markings on fireworks in an effort to deceive consumers or authorities.

Fireworks without BAM approval cannot be imported into Germany.

Polish fireworks are not as stringently regulated as those in Germany and officials worry they can cause serious injury when they explode.

Those who try to import banned fireworks can be charged with crimes under German explosives regulations, the customs administration has warned.

Polish fireworks are a perpetual problem in Germany – they are blamed for thousands of fires and injuries each New Year’s Eve.

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16:10 December 26, 2011 by Englishted
Is the customs officer in the photo a Micheal Jackson fan?

because he is wearing one glove.
19:35 December 26, 2011 by lucksi
Yeah, because a D-Böller couldn't take my hand off...
23:57 December 26, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Where can I buy some of these?
10:02 December 27, 2011 by storymann
Every year I watch the fireworks from my Balcony here in Berlin. They start as soon as darkness sets in and continue until first light .

The next morning the city is a mess, but true to German cleanliness the BSR folks get out in force and clean it up, unless like the last two previous years they are hindered by snow.I find this a bit strange considering the cost and the German desire for orderliness and cleanliness. The fireworks are nice but rarely a show unless professionals stage it.The number of injuries are numerous and there is a fair amount of property damage also,and the cost of clean up must be in the millions

My German in-laws always tell me how special this is. It must be to justify all the negative.
11:44 December 27, 2011 by wood artist
Okay, I know it's just the way English translates, but isn't there something humorous with the idea that the agency that certifies fireworks is nicknamed BAM?

12:11 December 27, 2011 by Jeffvm
Funny, in the Netherlands it's German fireworks that are considered dangerous and need to be checked for at the border.

BAM > classic.
21:09 December 27, 2011 by raandy
Customs is on the alert for Polish fireworks ,

Mark Twain once wrote if you want to see the dregs of society then go to the jail when they change the guard, here I would substitute German Zoll for the jail guards.
12:47 December 29, 2011 by Englishted
@ Tanskalainen

"Where can I buy some of these? "

This may seem a strange answer but try Poland .
16:46 January 3, 2012 by shivnarc
"Fireworks without BAM approval cannot be imported into Germany."

well of COURSE not, fireworks without BAM would be fire(NOT)works. simply put you can't have fireworks without BAM (or whistles, lights, booms, etc.)

BAM - Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung (just FYI)
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