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Does anyone know what the rate of firework related injuries is after Sylwester?


Trevek 26 | 1,702
1 Jan 2010 #1
Happy New year, everyone!

I began wondering last night, having had the usual dose of creting who let off fireworks in the middle of a crowd, or fire them just above head height across a crowd of people and hit the stage area.

Does anyone know what the rate of firework related injuries is after Sylwester?

In UK fireworks aren't readily available (not sure if they are even available for private purchase and home use anymore) because of the amount of injuries to kids (and adults, I suppose) on November 5th. We don't have a tradition of using them at New Year, anyway.

I remember in the Balkans, people used to fire guns in the air and were amazed when the bullets fell back down to earth!
g60edition 6 | 175
1 Jan 2010 #2
n UK fireworks aren't readily available (not sure if they are even available for private purchase and home use anymore)

Yep they are still available to any one over 18.I beleive the shops that sell them have to have a licence.It shocks me that it seems anyone can sell them here in Poland and even worse smoking next to them while they are all open on display.
pawian 178 | 15,547
1 Jan 2010 #3
Does anyone know what the rate of firework related injuries is after Sylwester?

The news says: the police is very glad there were no injuries. The night passed without firework accidents.

Less traffic accidents than last year, and any information that in the country there has been accidents at hucznym celebration of the coming of the New Year - so pleased police described the situation after the New Year's Eve night.

I praise playing all night Poles. - At the moment we have no information that in the country there was an accident during starting bangers - said on TVN 24 Agnieszka Hamelusz Police Headquarters . - The Poles also quietly enjoyed the fresh air - he adds.

According to police, better than in the previous year was also the situation on the roads. - We have six killed, nearly 100 injured and fewer accidents .


Warnings had helped. As well as mock firework effects shown by the police:
Englishpoznan 4 | 102
1 Jan 2010 #4
After some of the things I witnessed last night I don't believe for one second there were no injuries, people here have a complete lack of understanding that these things can be dangerous.
pawian 178 | 15,547
1 Jan 2010 #5
people here have a complete lack of understanding that these things can be dangerous.

Gradually the attitude is changing. And law too. It is illegal to sell fireworks to minors. The rules of letting off have also been set.

It is still bad, in your opinion, but don`t worry, it will be better every next year. :):):):)
Englishpoznan 4 | 102
1 Jan 2010 #6
I have been here 4 years now and I'm yet to see any improvement, still here's hoping because they need to do something.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
1 Jan 2010 #7
At least the little terrorists are not running around with them weeks before the event like they are in the UK....~

Its unfortunate in Poland that fireworks are part of new year celebrations , as is alchohol , the two mixed together is an ideal situation for an accident...

The kids in Poland don,t seem to be as bad as the little thugs in the UK though , and i have not seen them using fireworks to cause damage or terrorise people..
Englishpoznan 4 | 102
1 Jan 2010 #8
Really?? I have had at least 5 thrown at me over the last week, I have even seen them let of on purpose in shop doorways as elderly people have been coming out.

One little thug got a clip round the ear from me after one exploded at my girlfriends feet!
wildrover 98 | 4,451
1 Jan 2010 #9
Its obviously different in the big city i guess....my nearest town is a rather quiet place where everyone knows everyone , and the kids seem to be well behaved , probably due to the fact that any bad behavour will be reported to their parents and will result in a smack round the head...

I suppose kids will be kids everwhere , but where i live they seem to have more respect for their elders... This is the kind of place where the cops cruise around on a saterday night hoping something exiting will happen...it usually doesn,t...!
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456
1 Jan 2010 #10
After some of the things I witnessed last night I don't believe for one second there were no injuries, people here have a complete lack of understanding that these things can be dangerous.

Attitudes need to change, they were letting off fireworks in the little square behind Empik on Plac Wolnosci in full view of the police and nothing was done. Some guys got themselves arrested, but I didn't see what they were doing to get lifted in the first place.

One little thug got a clip round the ear from me after one exploded at my girlfriends feet!

Hahaha, now you mention little thugs - I saw the funniest thing yesterday. Take your usual 6ft shaven headed, muscular, MMA apparel wearing, fridge carrying type. Then shrink him down to about 5ft - and the best part was that he was clearly in his 30's :D
OP Trevek 26 | 1,702
1 Jan 2010 #11
I had someone let a banger off as I walked past during the day. I didn't see who it was but I suspect the guy who was selling the damn things. It didn't do my tinnitus any good and the surrounding on-lookers heard the kind of English they don't teach in Headway.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
31 Dec 2014 #12
Merged: Fireworks and toxic pollution

rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/01/fireworks-chinese-new-year-pollution

'We have found that air quality is seriously affected by this human activity and the effects are much greater than we previously thought,' says Gong. 'The highest PM2.5 concentrations measured were up to seven times greater than on ordinary days. It is time to alert the public to the negative effects of our cultural customs.'

Toxic

environment.about.com/od/healthenvironment/a/toxicfireworks.htm

Copper compounds are used to produce blue colors, even though they contain dioxin, which has been linked to cancer.

Exercise risks

theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/06/air-pollution-levels-very-high-following-fireworks-night


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