ITALY NEWS

Firecrackers wreak havoc

(issue no. 134/2011 / January 13, 2011)

Firing guns and lighting firecrackers to ring in the New Year is customary in Italy, though in recent years officials have begun to crack down on the dangerous practises. As 2010 turned to 2011, one man died from a stray bullet and another 500 people were injured after being hit by live firecrackers last New Year's Eve. Children and teenagers numbered highest among the injured, many in the Campania region. In Florence, 12 people were injured on New Year's Eve by exploding firecrackers

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