Because of the situation in Austria’s hospitals: Fireworks ban on New Year’s Eve possible

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The tense situation in local hospitals is now causing the authorities to consider a ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve. In Upper Austria there is already a corresponding push.


New Year’s Eve is still about six weeks away, but in Upper Austria a possible ban on fireworks is already being discussed. Similarly as for example in the Netherlands or some provinces of Belgium the end for firecrackers could come also in this country this year. The background is that the tense corona situation in the domestic hospitals should not be aggravated by the annual firecracker injuries.

HEARING DAMAGE, BURNS
According to the Red Cross, about 1000 people suffer hearing damage from firecrackers every year.

Not also still firecracker injuries
In the Netherlands, the ban on New Year’s Eve fireworks has already been decided. As reported, this is intended to prevent the medical emergency services, which are under heavy strain due to the Corona crisis, from having to deal with injuries caused by fireworks. The industry will be compensated with a total of about 40 million euros, the responsible Secretary of State Stientje van Veldhoven announced on Friday.


The funds are to benefit dealers who have already stocked up on rockets and other fireworks, the Dutch news agency ANP reported. Stocks would not have to be destroyed, but could be sold next year. Smaller firecrackers, sparklers or crackers are not affected by the ban.

Actually already banned in Vienna
In Austria recently a fireworks ban was discussed because of the fine dust pollution and the animal suffering, the Viennese police appeals each year to the population to voluntarily renounce pyrotechnics. In the Viennese city area the ignition of common objects is expressly forbidden, thousands ignore this prohibition each year.

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