Prague bans the use of pyrotechnics on New Year’s Eve

Prague bans the use of pyrotechnics on New Year’s Eve

He wants to make sure animals, hospital patients and nursing home residents feel safe

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

Harm people and animals

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic products can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Moreover, they can harm not only people, but also wildlife, zoo animals and pets. Those who have pets at home know that the loud noise caused by fireworks can cause intense feelings of fear and panic. These feelings are even more extreme for strays that don’t have a safe place to hide indoors or a loving owner to offer comfort.

On top of that, loud noise can further disturb patients in hospitals, residents of nursing homes, and those struggling with a disability. For this reason, the Czech capital has selected several places where the use of over-the-counter pyrotechnics will no longer be allowed.

“Sensitive areas”

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

To ensure 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 that, he also added information boards at various locations around the city.

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

Berta D. Wells