BREAKING: Dutch cabinet wants ban on fireworks before end of year

The cabinet is pushing for a complete ban on fireworks before the end of this year, inside sources tell NOS.

MPs will discuss the ban tomorrow, and on Friday, the cabinet is preparing to make it official.

Mayors and care workers have been calling on the government to temporarily ban fireworks this year. The intention is to prevent additional pressure on hospitals due to fireworks injuries, which are common every year around New Year’s.

READ MORE | Happy Dutch New Year: fires, 15M in damages, and 58,000 kilos of illegal fireworks

Support package

Also up for discussion at tomorrow’s meeting is the government’s support package. Tens of millions of euros are expected to be made available to companies in the fireworks industry.

However, the cabinet will only publish the decision on the fireworks ban once the support measures have been further detailed.

Chairman Bruls of the Security Council says, “It will be a somewhat uncertain turn of the year…But these measures would help to give some peace of mind.”

READ MORE | What is the future of fireworks in the Netherlands?

Do you think a temporary ban on fireworks is necessary this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Brin Andrews
Brin Andrewshttp://brinandrews.com
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.

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