'Council had no fireworks permit, used unlicensed operator'

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The Klang Municipal Council (MPK) did not have a permit for the botched fireworks display that injured 14 people last night.

Klang Selatan district police chief Alzafny Ahmad said the council should have applied for permission to hold the fireworks display, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the MPK had hired an unlicensed fireworks operator

"The ministry is taking this matter seriously, especially since we (discovered) that the organiser had engaged an unlicensed company to conduct the fireworks show," Nur Jazlan was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

Earlier inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar told the newswire that police are also probing if the fireworks operator was licensed to do so.

MPK said it will set up a special team to probe the accident and bear all medical expenses.

"We will also monitor and follow-up with the victims until they are fully healed.

"MPK apologises to the victims and those who came to watch the event," MPK president Mohamad Yasid Bidin said in a statement.

The fireworks display in Padnamaran as part of the Gegar Klang Fiesta went awry last night, when the fireworks exploded near spectators, injuring four children and 10 adults.

All those injured received treatement a the Tengku Ampuang Rahimah hospital, and were discharged this morning.

A witness of the incident told Bernama the first display of fireworks went off without a hitch.

However, the second and third attempts were botched, Nadia Hassan, 38, said.

Instead of firing into the sky, the fireworks headed for the spectators and exploded, said Nadia who runs a stall there.

"When it happened it sent terrified spectators fleeing the scene seeking shelter, many of my displayed goods were scattered on the ground after being hit by them," she said.

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