Firework complaints reach 50,000
Monday 31 December 2012
The firework nuisance hotline set up by political party GroenLinks had received 50,000 complaints by Monday morning.
The party, which wants a ban on consumer fireworks, set up the hotline a week ago. By law, fireworks may only be lit between 10.00 hours on December 31 and 02.00 on January 1.
The police have also been busy dealing with firework-related nuisance, RTL news reported. So far they have seized 73,000 kilos of illegal fireworks, down considerably on last year.
In Roermond at the weekend, police seized 600 kilos of illegal fireworks and in Goes a further 60 kilos. In total five people were arrested.
In Friesland several people have been fined for setting off fireworks too early and in Leeuwarden a number of letter boxes by a block of flats have been blown up.
In Drachten, a number of windows were broken after a rocket flew into a seventh-floor flat and exploded.