The Dutch government has reached a deal to outlaw firecrackers and sky rockets. The prohibition will start before the upcoming New Year’s period.
Many ornamental fireworks may still be allowed to be sold, like fountains and spinning ground bloom flowers. Youth-oriented fireworks like sparklers, crackling balls, bang snaps and birthday cake fountains will also continue to be sold. These are considered relatively harmless, and will still be available year-round.
The ban is a response to the thousands of fireworks-related incidents that took place over the recent New Year’s period. There were 9,300 incidents connected to vandalism, and violence against emergency services providers. That was an increase of 387 over the previous year’s totals.
Political support for a wider fireworks ban has been growing in recent years, but especially over the past month. Groenlinks and animal rights party PvdD have been opposed to the explosives for years. This year Public Health Minister Hugo de Jonge, of conservative Christian party CDA, said the fireworks tradition cannot continue in the way it has in the past. A year ago, a slim majority of the Dutch population was against a ban.