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Fireworks can cause serious - and sometimes fatal - injuries

Prague bans the use of pyrotechnic products on New Year’s Eve

Prague bans the use of pyrotechnic products on New Year’s Eve

It wants to ensure that animals, hospital patients, and residents of nursing home feel safe

On 28 December, the Czech capital announced the ban of over-the-counter fireworks and pyrotechnic products for New Year’s Eve celebrations. As TheMayor.EU previously reported, the City of Prague first issued this ban in December 2020, citing health and safety concerns.

Harming people and animals

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic products can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. What is more, they can harm not only people but also wildlife, animals in zoos, and pets. Those who have animals at home know that the loud noise brought about by fireworks can result in intense feelings of fear and panic. These feelings are even more extreme for stray animals who do not have a safe place to hide indoors or a loving owner to offer comfort.

In addition to this, the loud noise can further disturb patients in hospitals, the residents of nursing homes, and those who struggle with disabilities. For this reason, the Czech capital has selected several locations where the use of over-the-counter pyrotechnic products will no longer be permitted.

“Sensitive areas”

On its website, the municipality explained that there are several “sensitive areas” where private displays of fireworks are now forbidden. These include the city centre, parks, waterfronts and areas near hospitals, nursing homes, zoos, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics.

To guarantee that the decree is easy to understand and follow, the capital has created an interactive map where one can see the areas where the ban applies. Beyond this, it has also added information signs to various locations in the city.

The police will ensure that all citizens follow the decree. Therefore, violations will be subject to fines of up to CZK 100,000 (over EUR 4,000). Finally, it is important to note that the ban will not apply to professional fireworks as, according to the municipality, they are subject to a licensing obligation under the Pyrotechnics Act.

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