Sunday , May 28 2023

Complaints about firework

Officially fireworks can only be sold in the Netherlands for four days prior to the New Year celebrations. Fireworks can set off between 10.00 hours on December 31 and 02.00 hours on January 1 with those who break the rules facing a €100 fine. However, over 15,000 complaints have already been received by the firework nuisance hotline operated by the GroenLinks politicial party.Firework-free zone
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.

Banning 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


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  1. I feel that fireworks should only be done in a controlled area.

  2. Evette we are still living in a free country. I say do not take away the rights of the people because of a few animals.