Kingdom bans firecrackers

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By a Staff Writer

Published — Saturday 18 August 2001

Last Update 18 August 2001 3:11 am

RIYADH, 18 August — Saudi Arabia has banned import of all types of firecrackers to prevent the dangers caused by them, Al-Jazirah newspaper reported yesterday. It said Interior Minister Prince Naif has already approved a proposal made by a special committee set up to study the use of firecrackers by children.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The committee recommended that the import of firecrackers through the Kingdom’s entry points be prevented. The Commerce Ministry has distributed a circular to all chambers of commerce to stop the import of firecrackers.

Those who violate the rule will be given deterrent punishment, the paper said.

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