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Scores of illegal fireworks seized

Police forces in Austria along the Austrian Czech border have confiscated scores of illegal fireworks being smuggled into the country for New Year'S Eve celebrations.

Many people from Upper Austria travel to the Czech Reublic to buy fireworks which are considered more impressive - but dangerous and illegal in Austria.

One 20-year-old was caught trying to smuggle 650 illegal rockets over the border. He was caught by officers in Bad Leonfelden and the smuggled goods were confiscated.

The young man now faces a fine of up to 3,600 Euro.

So far police have caught 25 illegal fire work smugglers in Bad Leonfelden. One smuggler had 130 kilos of rocket batteries in his car boot.

The Czech Reublic has very liberal firework laws in comparison to Austria but it also has plenty of illegal fireworks there - items that even under the liberal Czech laws would be regarded as illegal.

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