There were plenty of violations of the fireworks ban in Naples on New Year’s Eve, partly due to serious accidents in the southern Italian city. A man smoking a cigarette on the street was hit by lost ammunition, and another lost both eyes while firing a firecracker. Fourteen people were injured in fireworks or firecrackers in Naples and the surrounding area.
In his worst condition, a 40-year-old man from Sri Lanka was taken to hospital, who went out into the street to smoke a cigarette and was hit by a stray firearm. It is customary in southern Italy to shoot firearms into the air at a celebration.
A 53-year-old woman was injured in her eyes due to a firecracker explosion, and a 47-year-old man also lost his sight, others suffered minor injuries. A twenty-one-month-old child was injured by a sparkler.
The fireworks and firecrackers stop came into effect on the afternoon of December 31st and run until midnight on Saturday. The ban was introduced to stop burdening hospitals full of coronavirus patients.
Despite the provision, many fireworks were fired from balconies and roof terraces in Naples, and firecrackers were detonated on the more hidden streets. Contrary to the usual, however, the pop-up lasted only half an hour around midnight against the multi-hour fireworks of the years before the pandemic.
New Year’s Eve firecrackers were injured in several cities in Italy. In Rome, police had to close a metro stop at the Colosseum and its surroundings because firecrackers were thrown at those passing by. Due to the very rare dense fog that completely covered the streets in the capital, the streets became even more empty than might have been expected.
Ten people have been detained in Val di Susa, Piedmont, for firing fireworks at a construction site guarded by the high-speed rail line and setting fire to the surrounding forest, the MTI writes.
(Cover image: New Year’s fireworks in Naples on January 1, 2022. Photo: Stringer / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)