Firecrackers are neither toys nor are they a tradition, the police stated on Wednesday as they announced heightened clampdown efforts in the lead-up to Easter.

The warning came shortly after officers remanded three people who were found with 96,000 firecrackers.

The force said that they are reminding shopkeepers that selling firecrackers is illegal, while emphasising that homemade firecrackers are also very dangerous.

“Unfortunately there have been many cases where young people suffered serious injuries or even died as a result of using firecrackers,” the police said.

The announcement added that increased patrols will take place ahead of Easter, also targeting locations frequently used in the bonfire celebrations where teens often stockpile large piles of wood.