A clear majority of the Dutch population think fireworks should be restricted to organised displays during the New Year festivities, according to a survey of 23,000 people for current affairs show EenVandaag.
Rather than the current free for all, six out of 10 people would prefer a firework display organised by the local council, the survey showed.
The firework rules have been tightened up this year in an effort to cut down on the problems. Fireworks may only be set off between 18.00 hours on December 31 and 02.00 on January 1, rather than from 10.00. A number of cities have also introduced firework-free zones.
The survey also showed just 13% of people plan to set off fireworks during the festivities. Nevertheless, 42% consider fireworks at New Year to be an important Dutch tradition.
Every year, dozens of people are serious injured and millions of euros worth of damage are caused during the New Year firework frenzy in the Netherlands.
Earlier this week it emerged that local councils will be responsible for enforcing the new rules and that national government will not contribute financially.
Meanwhile, broadcaster Nos reports that police in Haarlem have seized hundreds of kilos of fireworks which were being stored in a lock-up. The find, which included a quantity of drugs was made following a tip-off. No-one has yet been arrested.
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