No ban on firecrackers at New Year after all, ministers agree to rethink

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The government’s leaked plan to ban firecrackers during the New Year’s Eve celebrations has been withdrawn because there is no majority support in parliament, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, RTL Nieuws said ministers are set to ban small firecrackers from this year and to require firework sellers to provide customers with safety glasses and secure launching systems for rockets.

However, MPs from three of the four ruling parties are not in favour of the ban and are irritated about the decision just to ban firecrackers, NOS said.

Ministers have now pledged to work on an alternative plan which should be finalised by the end of May.

Last year the Dutch safety board OVV said firecrackers and rockets should be banned during the New Year’s Eve celebrations to cut back on injuries and damage to property.

Some 500 people end up at accident and emergency departments with serious injuries during the New Year’s Eve firework frenzy every year.

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