Explosive substances, including about five kg of ammonium nitrate, three kg of sulphur and two kg of black powder, were seized from a house at R.S. Vaiyampatti village near Vaiyampatti in the district on Saturday.

A youth, V. Murugesan (29) of Anaikaranpatti, who had apparently stored the substances for making fire crackers without licence, was arrested by the police. According to police sources, the youth had procured the substances from Sivakasi for making fire crackers for a village temple festival. About 50 sticks used in making fire crackers such as ‘rockets’ were seized.

A police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Meena conducted a check at the house, which had been taken on rent by Murugesn, in R.S. Vaiyampatti and seized the explosive substances. Murugesan was later remanded in judicial custody.