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Last updated: 11/3/2022, 12:21 PM

Published at: 11/1/2022, 11:45 AM

Fireworks in the Netherlands

On December 31, the old year is ended and the new year is welcomed with fireworks in the Netherlands. In the weeks, and sometimes months, before, illegal fireworks are set off. On New Year's Eve, there are fireworks shows throughout the country. Be prepared for noise disturbance from fireworks.

On December 31, people are allowed to set off fireworks themselves between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Municipalities provide education on the safe setting off of fireworks. For example, always put on safety glasses, use a lighting fuse and keep enough distance. Do not light fireworks if you have no experience with it. There is a ban on heavier fireworks. There are also stricter controls on illegally shipping fireworks and stricter controls at national borders.

Due to the burden on healthcare from COVID-19 in 2020, it was decided to impose a total fireworks ban at the turn of the year 2020-2021. The ban was reinstated in 2021 for the same reason. Still, many fireworks were set off during the turn of the year and the weeks before. It is not yet clear if there will be a ban this year as well.

Fireworks cause disturbance to bystanders and local residents in a variety of ways, especially in the weeks leading up to New Year's Eve. Keep in mind that you can already hear many fireworks bangs in the streets.

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