Venice bans fireworks at New Year's Eve

Other cities to ban them include Palermo and Agrigento


  VENICE - Mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro has banned the traditional use of bangers and firecrackers on New Year's Eve in the lagoon city, saying Venetians must protect their precious monuments and pets.

  From December 31 to January 1 it is forbidden "to use or carry on one’s person explosive material in public places or open spaces, light fires, explode petards, or similar explosive or noisy artifices," a special order from the mayor's office said.

  The aim of this order is to protect monuments from catching fire but also to avoid the danger of "the deaths of numerous domestic animals through the shock caused by explosions".

  The order has also banned the take-away sale of alcoholic drinks in glass containers from 7:00 p.m. on December 31 to 6:00 a.m. on New Year's Day. 

  However, Venice is not the only city to have implemented the ban, with other cities such as Aosta, Agrigento and Palermo preventing official fireworks and homemade firecrackers from being used on Thursday evening.

  Police are also amping up their seizure of illegal fireworks, with around 15 tons of illegal fireworks seized yesterday alone.