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Firework hotline set up by GroenLinks registers 19,000 complaints

Thursday 27 December 2012

An internet hotline set up by left-wing green party GroenLinks to register complaints about the use of fireworks had more than 19,000 reports by midday December 27.

The hotline was set up on Saturday so people can report the illegal sale and lighting of fireworks in the run up to the New Year celebrations.

Around half the complaints so far centre on firework bombs being set off at night. Others have reported damage caused by fireworks and stress caused to animals.

Private individuals

A large number of GroenLinks supporters want a ban on the sale of fireworks to private individuals. In particular, they say New Year firework displays should be organised by professionals.

Parliament itself is not in favour of a ban.

Fireworks can only be sold to the general public in the Netherlands for a few days before December 31.

Earlier stories
Minister to look at setting up firework free zones
Arrests, injuries and car fires during New Year festivities
Big cities look for alternative to fireworks
Two-thirds support a firework ban

What do you think? Have your say using the comment form below.

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Readers' Comments

For weeks it has been a misery walking my dog due to the continuous misuse of fireworks. How can they say that fireworks are only available for a couple of days before New Years eve when they have been available in the shops here for weeks?

By Andrea Broekhuizen | 26 December 2012 4:38 PM

I'm so sick of hearing that fireworks are a Dutch tradtion and should not be banned! Every day, and I mean every day, I hear fireworks and it gets worse towards Christmas and New Year's Eve. It is like Beirut in our neighborhood! We have damage and garbage from fireworks in our yard that WE have to clean up. One year our car was damaged and we had to make a claim to our insurance. The police can't and don't stop the illegal fireworks at all. It is civil disobedience and needs to be stopped! It makes me very angry at what it does to the environment and my peace of mind! It needs to stop completely!

By M | 26 December 2012 7:41 PM

Over the years, the left managed to ban fireworks. It was last year in San Diego where a "professional" display went awry, igniting an entire 30 minutes worth of display in a few minutes.

All one hears now in Southern California are fully automatic rifles, large caliber hand guns, and a few cries and screams New Years eve. The good old days back in the late 60's, early 70's when kids could have fun with their parents celebrating New Years, and our 4th of July celebration. Most now go out and find some place to drink alcohol.

On visits to The Netherlands, the image in mind was in many aspects like it was in the good old days here.

By Married a Dutchie 2009 | 27 December 2012 4:53 AM

Now, 19,001. I am absolutely fed up with loud bangs wakening me up in the early hours of the morning since October? Are the Cloggies missing a few brain cells. Childish buggers!

By Highlander | 27 December 2012 11:23 AM

Wow, sure a lot of whining going on about a week or two of people having some fun. While we are at it banning noisy and "damaging" dutch traditions, we should really get rid of the annoying street musicians that start playing at 9am every single day, playing the same song over and over. We should ban queens day, as that causes more damage and annoyance than 2 weeks of fireworks jammed into one day. Why we should even ban younger people as they are clearly having fun at the expense of the elderly, conservative tax-paying public at large.

By DelftWanderer | 27 December 2012 12:28 PM

This is a joke right? lol.. These people can't even ban SMOKING is a bar, what makes you think they are going to stop Fireworks...LMAO!!

By DR | 27 December 2012 12:48 PM

@Andrea: fireworks can be easily bought in Belgium and Germany.

By A.L. | 27 December 2012 1:15 PM

Young kids setting off explosives in the streets weeks before NYE, it doesn't get any more stupid than this... Thumbs up for the Groenlinks idea, but local police or Gemeente - operated hotlines would be even more useful, in this respect...

By dave | 27 December 2012 7:20 PM

I live in Utrecht and is already WEEKS that day and night I hear fireworks booming just outside my flat, it's unbelieveable...

By Fabio | 28 December 2012 7:19 PM

It is dangerous to walk on the street here, like a war. I am from Russia but we solved this problem 3 or 4 years ago. Only professional fireworks in autorised shops with consultants (price around 100 euro and more), and it is prohibited to sell fireworks to kids and teenagers. TV Reports about burned hands, faces and kids deaths also made a good job for stupid parents who give them money on fireworks.

By Irina | 31 December 2012 10:32 AM

This is the dumbest idea Holland has ever had. So many animals are hurt and idiotic children are setting off fireworks, how is this a good idea or the 'good old days' what idiotic country is this?
and it is not since today they have been going off for WEEKS!! smarten up Holland and Europe. makes me sick..

By Nicole | 31 December 2012 10:39 AM

Look , I hate the REALLY loud ones as well. I'm epileptic and stress can cause me to have a seizure, but I see 16 year olds setting the things off near old folks homes...this is not cool. Do fireworks need to be banned? NO of course not...but there seriously needs to be a line on what's ok. Setting off sticks of dynamite or whatever it is they have is not ok.
As for Civil disobedience? this is a good thing...when a government totaly crushes the spirit of it's people with law...thats NOT a good thing.

By Expat | 1 January 2013 4:55 AM

Here in Nijmegen it was a nightmare!!
My dog and i We both took a tranquilizer
i was very angry about all of the evening

By Henry | 2 January 2013 11:09 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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