A 12-year-old boy has died and another has been seriously injured in a fireworks accident in the Netherlands, police said on Friday, despite a nationwide ban on using fireworks on New Year’s Eve due to the pandemic. France Press.
The children were watching an adult with fireworks with a hand-held device when the incident took place in Haaksbergen, in the east of the country, near the border with Germany.
The children had nothing to do with the incident, according to police, who announced that they had arrested a man and opened an investigation.
On New Year’s Eve, the Dutch traditionally launch fireworks on the streets and in the gardens, a popular practice that causes many injuries.
The government has banned fireworks for the second year in a row to avoid overloading hospitals with the epidemic.
In 2019, more than 1,300 people were treated for injuries caused by fireworks. Following the ban on fireworks in 2020, this number has dropped by 70%.
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