Dutch government bans New Year’s Eve fireworks to help hospitals

Dutch government bans New Year's Eve fireworks to help hospitals

The Dutch government announced Friday it is banning the sale and use of most fireworks.

The ban is to avoid extra pressure on already overburdened care workers and to maintain public order.

New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for hospitals treating people injured by the pyrotechnics.

Last year, 1,300 people went to a hospital or doctor with firework-related injuries related to New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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