One dead and one seriously injured man are to be lamented after a fireworks explosion in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the east of Berlin twelve people were injured at a private New Year’s Eve party. Including a child.
Update from January 1, 2022, 7.25 a.m.: At a private New Year’s Eve party in east Berlin, twelve people were injured in the explosion of illegal fireworks. All injured people had to be taken to clinics for treatment, the fire brigade announced on New Year’s morning. Fortunately, there were no very serious injuries. After initial investigations, the police assume that illegal pyrotechnics were ignited at the celebration in the Friedrichshagen district. There is no other way to explain the number and severity of the injuries, said a spokesman.
According to the fire brigade, the youngest injured is an eleven-year-old boy, the other injured are adolescents and adults. The fire brigade was alerted around 12:10 a.m. and deployed around 40 emergency services.
One dead and one seriously injured in the fireworks explosion in Hennef
Update from January 1, 2022, 7:20 a.m .: A man was killed in the explosion of a fireworks in Hennef near Bonn, another was seriously injured. The two men, 37 and 39 years old, had celebrated New Year’s Eve with a group of ten. Shortly after midnight, according to witnesses, they had separated a little from the group. Suddenly there was a very loud bang and the two were seriously injured on the ground.
The 37-year-old died despite attempts at resuscitation at the scene of the accident in the Hennef district of Hüchel; the 39-year-old was taken to a clinic with life-threatening injuries. A police spokesman suspected early Saturday morning that the fireworks could have been a self-made firecrackers. The criminal police started the investigation.
Massive New Year’s Eve worries: Police expect a “hot weekend” – also because of corona protests
Original message from December 31, 2021: Munich / Berlin – On New Year’s Eve, people usually enjoy firecrackers and rockets. In times of the corona pandemic, things are different – lighting fireworks is sometimes prohibited or undesirable. Nevertheless, fireworks are in circulation and are likely to lead to tragic accidents again at the turn of the year. The police are already on the alert.
New Year’s Eve disasters: Munich police expect “a hot weekend”
Because of New Year’s Eve and possible protests by opponents of the Corona policy, police unions in Bavaria are expecting many missions at the weekend *. “New Year’s Eve celebrations, the ban on firecrackers and the so-called walks will certainly be a challenge for our colleagues,” said the state chairman of the police union in Bavaria, Peter Pytlik, on Friday in Munich. Expect a challenging weekend, but be “well prepared in terms of personnel”.
The state chairman of the German police union in Bavaria, Jürgen Köhnlein, told the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation that “a hot weekend” is expected. The officials particularly demanded the often unannounced protests by opponents of the Corona policy. If many police officers were able to reduce overtime in the summer months, the union feared “an increase in the number of hours worked in the next few weeks,” said Köhnlein.
New Year’s Eve bang: Berlin Mayors Giffey recalls “war-like conditions”
Preparations for New Year’s Eve are in full swing not only in Bavaria, but also in Berlin. From the point of view of Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD), firecracking zones contribute to the protection of emergency services. “We also have to talk about pacifying certain areas in the city beyond the corona pandemic by not allowing gunfire there,” said the politician on Friday.
Together with Berlin’s new Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD), Giffey visited firefighters and police officers on New Year’s Eve before their deployment. The ban on the sale of fireworks and firework prohibition zones had an effect last year, according to Berlin’s head of government. Compared to earlier New Year’s Eve, when there were “war-like conditions” in some places, a third fewer missions were recorded. Giffey expected it to remain quieter in 2021/22. According to Interior Senator Spranger, in addition to around 900 patrol officers, 1,600 additional officers are on duty in Berlin.
In the Netherlands, a twelve-year-old boy was killed in a New Year’s Eve bang on Friday afternoon. (ck / dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA