THE police will step up their monitoring of the sale of firecrackers at Ramadan bazaars and residential premises in Terengganu in a move to prevent untoward incidents, said Terengganu police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail.
He said patrols would cover not only the bazaars but also locations where people were seen playing with firecrackers while Muslims performed the terawih prayers.
On Thursday, state police seized about RM40,000 worth of firecrackers and arrested four suspects in three raids in the state.
“We are intensifying our search and we aim to curb smuggling throughout this month,” he said after a ceremony to pin new ranks on promoted assistant superintendents and sergeants in Kuala Terengganu recently.
Excellent service awards were also handed out at the ceremony.
A total of seven inspectors were promoted to ASP and 34 corporals became sergeants while 34 policemen and civil servants received the excellent service awards.
It was reported recently that a Year Three pupil injured his left hand when a homemade firecracker he was handling exploded prematurely in Kampung Wakaf Beruas in Kuala Terengganu. — Bernama