Malaysian firecracker smuggler nabbed at Tuas Checkpoint

The two boxes of "boom" firecrackers uncovered from the car boot, which also contained 24 strips of firecrackers. -- PHOTO: ICA 
The two boxes of "boom" firecrackers uncovered from the car boot, which also contained 24 strips of firecrackers. -- PHOTO: ICA 
The boot of the Malaysian-registered car, which contained 60 firecrackers of two different types. -- PHOTO: ICA
The boot of the Malaysian-registered car, which contained 60 firecrackers of two different types. -- PHOTO: ICA

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian man's attempt to smuggle firecrackers across the border blew up in his face when officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority stopped his car for a routine check at the Tuas Checkpoint on Friday.

At about 11.20pm that day, the 33-year-old had been found with a cardboard box in his car boot, filled with 60 firecrackers of two different types, said the ICA in a press statement on Monday.

The items are banned under the Dangerous Fireworks Act.

Both the suspect and the items were handed over to the police for further investigations, which are still ongoing.

If convicted, the suspect could be jailed between 6 months and two years and receive up to six strokes of the cane.