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Fireworks Depot Owners Sentenced for 2000 Blast

April 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Dutch court sentenced the owners of a depot to six months' imprisonment for illegally storing fireworks that exploded and killed 22 people and destroyed an entire city block in Enschede in May 2000.

Rudi Bakker and Wilhelm Pater were found guilty of importing and selling illegal fireworks, breaking safety codes and violating storage licenses.

They were freed after the court session because three months of their sentences were suspended and they had spent three months in pretrial detention.

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