Can you imagine New Year’s Eve without the fireworks? It would never work. Fireworks are such a key part of the festivities. Different European countries may have different New Year’s Eve traditions (such as eating twelve grapes, or singing Auld Lang Syne) but firework displays at midnight are almost universal.

Which is not to say, however, that overly-enthusiastic citizens should be able to set up their own unregulated firework display in the street. Most European countries already restrict powerful fireworks to regulated public displays set up by professionals. Some countries, such as Ireland, only allow the least-dangerous fireworks for sale to the general public.

Each New Year’s Eve, there are thousands of firework-related injuries across Europe. This year, a Dutch father and his 4-year-old-son were killed when fireworks started a fire in an apartment building. Support for a partial ban on consumer fireworks is growing in the Netherlands (with the Dutch Health Minister saying “I always enjoy fireworks a lot myself, but when I see police car after police car driving by, I think: this is a tradition that needs to change.”).

In the UK, a petition to ban fireworks for general sale to the public has reached over 300,000 signatures. A similar number signed a petition in Australia to cancel the New Year’s Eve firework display in Sydney, in the wake of the bushfires that have been raging since September 2019.

Critics of a ban, however, argue that it would be ineffective. Banning the public sale of fireworks would fuel a black market in illegal fireworks, they say, possibly resulting in even more injuries because it would be completely unregulated.

Should fireworks be banned for private use? Should their sale be restricted to professionals for regulated public displays? Or would that just fuel a black market in illegal fireworks? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar

    The quieter version should be probably okey, but the loud ones ought to be banned

  2. avatar

    Along with other small bombs which some uses in new years eve.

  3. avatar

    You are late, long time ago should do that, every New year hospital are busy because of accidents

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      true but I do worry for the small ones the adults can take there own risks

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    They absolutely should be banned. Too much damage for health. Adults, children, animals. It’s dangerous.

  5. avatar

    Pretty much everything in life should be banned, and the ban enforced through threat or use of violence, except labor and worship of government.

  6. avatar

    You can ban fireworks, but it is especially important to ban the missiles!

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      What missiles?

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    Not… if they comply Euro 6 norms, or even lower if they pay a congestion tax accordingly, if they are being shot by upper class or if they cover all spectrum of rainbow colours.

  8. avatar

    Firework should be banned for private use and public use

  9. avatar

    YES, PLEASE BAN IT! Drones, laser/lights and music/sound effects do it better and animals (including us) will not suffer with noise, vibrations and accidents.

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    Of course…and ban shouting, clapping…singing etc….I’m fact, turn is all into robots & be done with it !

  11. avatar

    I’m sorry but the f***ing q asked about fireworks not mislies

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