According to the AD, the mayors of 19 Dutch towns have decided to introduce firework-free zones around schools, shops and hospitals. The paper bases its claims on a study of local bylaws.
For example, fireworks have been bannedf rom the areas around daycare centres and petrol stations while Reeuwijk has brought in a ban on fireworks being set off close to houses with thatched roofs.
In another municipality fireworks have been banned from the two main shopping streets. ‘I would really appreciate a nationwide ban, a mayor told the AD. ‘This allows me to do something about the nuisance.’Injuries
Every year hundreds of people are injured and several blinded or lose hands because of accidents involving fireworks during the New Year festivities.
According to the Volkskrant, last year around 800 people reported to hospital accident and emergency departments because of firework injuries. At least 25% of accidents involve illegal fireworks.
Research by consultancy Q&A earlier this week showed 45% of the Dutch support a ban on selling fireworks to the general public. Another enquiry by “EenVandaag” however showed that even 2/3 of the Dutch population is in favour of forbidding the use of fireworks by the general public. The enquiry had been answered by 20.000 citizens