What are some arguments against the ban on fireworks

New Year's Eve - but without firecrackers : Why a ban on private fireworks would make sense

Yes, fireworks are beautiful. But also dangerous. If you don't follow the rules, you can do a lot of damage. Therefore, instead of the many private bangs, there should be public fireworks that everyone can enjoy.

Even if the discussion is currently showing that there may be bangs on New Year's Eve - the prime ministers could not agree on the general ban on the sale of firecrackers proposed by Berlin on Monday evening, but fireworks in large squares should be prohibited, a final decision should fall during the deliberations on Wednesday - there are some arguments in favor of a ban on private fireworks and their sale.

Private firecrackers in Berlin have become a threat. Anyone who takes to the streets after 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve has to reckon with exploding blasts that are thrown at you “just like that”, regardless of the district. Enjoy the fireworks in the sky at midnight? Yes, but only behind closed windows, especially if there are smaller children or pets.

The detonations of firecrackers, which are made even louder by the closely spaced house walls, destroy the beauty of New Year's Eve. Walks and stays in the fresh air are one thing above all else: stressful. The popping starts in the afternoon of December 31st. and ends sometime in January, until the last dud has gone off and the last hidden fireworks have been detonated.

On January 1st of this year the balance sheet of the Berlin Accident Hospital was: 15 seriously injured people, including four children. Serious injuries included burns and severed fingers, once a whole hand.

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In Kreuzberg, a bus was shot at with pyrotechnics, the windshield was broken through. In Alt-Hohenschönhausen, rockets were fired from a balcony at the row of houses opposite, so that a window was destroyed and a fire broke out.

The fire brigade reported deployments for the last New Year's Eve in 1523, and there were several large-scale deployments. An ambulance deployed 806 times, and the police received 3065 emergency calls between 6 and 6 a.m.

This year, in addition to being deployed in the event of attacks, fire, injuries and property damage, for example, distance rules must be observed - for citizens who - typically New Year's Eve - are not infrequently under the influence of alcohol.

Emergency forces will therefore have enough to do. In recent years there have been increased attacks on police officers on New Year's Eve, which is why there were gun bans in the Steinmetzkiez in Schöneberg and Alexanderplatz at the turn of the year 2019/2020. The fire brigade still reported 24 attacks in January, the police 57 attacks on officials.

Not a good year for New Year refugees

If you want to escape the New Year's Eve excess in Berlin, you usually drive to the Berlin area and spend the New Year there. But not this year, tourist stays are prohibited. On the website of the Coordination Center for Crisis Management in Brandenburg, for example, it says: "Hotels and guest houses are not allowed to accommodate tourists, but only travelers who are traveling on business or for other necessary reasons."

[Also read this comment on the advance of the Berlin Senate: The discussion about the ban on firecrackers shows the arrogance of the city dwellers.

Exceptions are long-term campers and "the rental and leasing of holiday apartments and houses that are not only used temporarily on the basis of a rental or lease agreement with a term of at least one year." Weekend trips or a New Year's Eve escape are not included.

So, if you are considerate, do not visit the family and are not a permanent camper, hunter with a paid annual hunting permit or long-term tenant of a holiday apartment, there is no alternative for many Berliners.

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Stressed animals come to stressed people. Every year, environmental and animal welfare advocate consideration for the animal world. According to PETA, "millions of animals suffer from the deafening noise, flashes of lightning and unfamiliar smells." Fireworks would put animals in fear of death and panic, it says on the website.

Dogs and cats in particular suffer

The Animal Welfare Association cites the reason for the pet panic that the noise is particularly stressful for dogs and cats, "because they have a much finer hearing than humans", and recommends calming drugs in addition to closing windows and doors in extreme cases.

Birds and wild animals that have neither protection nor access to sedatives are suddenly woken up in the middle of winter, according to the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU). The problem: In winter, your metabolism is actually on the back burner. "For example, some birds flee from the fireworks by climbing to heights of up to 1000 meters and thereby lose valuable energy that they actually need for the winter."

According to NABU, other negative aspects of the New Year's fireworks are the plastic waste and the large amount of particulate matter. On January 1st, around 5,000 tons of fine dust would be released annually in Germany - "an amount that corresponds to 17 percent of the fine dust emitted annually in road traffic."

Even if fireworks prohibition zones are to be set up in Berlin again this year and if the New Year's Eve fireworks are forbidden in busy public places and streets: In the narrow streets and residential areas it would remain allowed - and especially there it is a burden.

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