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Fireworks banned in parts of Italy

In spite of the Maya prophecy the new year has begun!

The “notte di San Silvestro” in Italy usually comes together with the tragic news of dead and injured people.

This year, during the celebrations for the new year 2 people died and 361 were injured. A strong decrease if compared with last year when 561 people were injured.

The problem of deaths and accidents during the new year’s eve is so relevant that in the last few years in many Italian cities it has been a new year’s eve without fireworks. 

In 2011 there were 833 municipalities that had prohibited fireworks. This year there were 1000 as for example Vercelli, Foggia, Pordenone and Cesena.  Also Cagliari chose to ban fireworks to welcome the new year.

Over the past four years the celebrations for the new year have resulted in four deaths and 1.950 injured. Last year, 561 were injured, including 76 children under 12 years of age. The animal rights groups quantify, each year, about 5.000 deaths of animals caused by stress or accidents arising from fireworks. 

As it usually happens tons of illegal fireworks have been seized this year in Italy in the days before new year’s eve.  

Forty pounds of gunpowder, contained in about 800 fireworks of category IV and V, were discovered by officers from the squad of the police headquarters in the Teramo area. 

In Livorno the police blocked the sale of 2.500 items sold in two shops, without the necessary authorizations. 

2.8 tons of illegal fireworks were seized by the police in a market in Turin. 

The regulation on the sale of fireworks is not so different in the UK and in Italy.

In the UK You can’t buy or use “adult” fireworks (category 2 and 3 ) if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.

According to the law you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or in other public places.

Setting off fireworks is not allowed between 11pm and 7am. On Bonfire Night, the cut off is midnight, On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the cut off is 1am.

You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates, 15 October to 10 November, 26 to 31 December, 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year. At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Also in Italy fireworks can be bought only in authorized shops and they can’t be sold to people under 18. Though, there aren’t restrictions on the days you can buy them and the limit of time.

Giulia Lombardo

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