KUALA TERENGGANU: Three women were among 16 people arrested for selling various firecrackers worth RM10,000 in Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus.

Aged between 20 to 50, they were nabbled during an operation to curb the selling of the dangerous items at markets and Ramadan bazaars carried out since June 1.

Kuala Terengganu district police chief, Supt Suffian Sulaiman said 19 cases were reported at locations like Chabang Tiga, Batu Enam, Tok Adis Ramadan bazaar in Kuala Ibai, Batu Rakit and Gong Badak.

“Investigation revealed that all those detained were selling fireworks and firecrackers without permits.

“Most of them were displaying the less dangerous firecrackers at the stalls and kept the others hidden in an effort to deceive the authorities.

“There were also those who only sold small firecrackers and got their customers to place orders beforehand to prevent detection,” he said at a press conference at the Kuala Terengganu police headquarters today.

He added that none of those arrested have criminal records.

Suffian said those arrested were being investigated under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.

Three women were among 16 people arrested for selling various firecrackers worth RM10,000 in Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus. Pic by NSTP/GHAZALI KORI