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New Year fireworks make 23 people blind in one eye

Monday 14 January 2013

Fireworks let off during this year's New Year celebrations led to 23 people becoming blind in one eye, the Dutch eye specialist association NOG said on Monday.

In total, 101 eyes were permanently damaged during the festivities, the NOG said.

Over the past five years, 111 eyes have been blinded in New Year firework accidents.

'This means all these people can no longer do their jobs or have to find other work,' the NOG's fireworks expert Tjeerd Faber told news agency ANP. 'In the case of children, they will no longer be able to achieve their dreams.'

The NOG wants a ban on the sale of fireworks to the general public.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Safety first. Bob (the Bob who does not ingest alcohol) does our fireworks. Bob buys a broad selection legally, sorts, prepares, organizes, has an operating principle: One firework at a time for the group always ignited from burning punk. We take turns launching, toasting with Champagne, smoking reefers, polishing pints. Afterwards we also tidy the evidence. It would be unfortunate to lose this fun tradition of curbside fireworks because of the accidents which can happen.

By Puck | 14 January 2013 10:10 AM

Sad but inevitable.Madness or "fun" -take your pick but this latest statistic simply undelines the growing movement to ban illegal fireworks ( aka Belgian Bombs) and have wonderful firework displays organised like any other civilised global city.

So when are the politicos going to wise up and have the courage to stop this dangerous nonsense?

By notnef | 14 January 2013 10:17 AM

I completely agree with this. Please ban them and put an end to this stupidity. Too bad people just cannot be responsible

By david hart smith | 14 January 2013 10:54 AM

Safety first. Bob (the Bob who does not ingest alcohol) does our fireworks. Bob buys a broad selection legally, sorts, prepares, organizes, has an operating principle: One firework at a time for the group always ignited from burning punk. We take turns launching, toasting with Champagne, smoking reefers, polishing pints. Afterwards we also tidy the evidence. It would be unfortunate to lose this fun tradition of curbside fireworks because of the accidents which can happen.

By Puck | 14 January 2013 10:57 AM

Honestly i don't get it: fireworks are dangerous and it is known by everyone however every year the same story with blind people or eyes damaged permanently. I don't think the governement should introduce laws or whatsoever only an increase of common sense will reduce or put an end to these accidents.

By Max | 14 January 2013 12:16 PM

I want a ban on the sale of fireworks to the general public as well.

By JF | 14 January 2013 1:54 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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