• Italy's news in English
Bah humbug! Italy bans New Year's Eve fireworks
Local councils up and down Italy are banning traditional New Year's Eve firework displays. Photo: Colin Knowles / Flickr

Bah humbug! Italy bans New Year's Eve fireworks

The Local · 30 Dec 2015, 10:27

Published: 30 Dec 2015 10:27 GMT+01:00

The ban comes amid air-pollution concerns in Italy, with councils already trying to limit smog problems by introducing measures to reduce the circulation of traffic in Milan, Turin and Rome, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

Councils say the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks will emit huge quantities of fine particles into the air, provoking a series of chemical reactions that will exacerbate the existing smog surrounding cities.

But pollution is not the only reason for the ban - some councils also want to spare animals the routine torture of loud bangs and flashing lights.

In the affluent mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the local council banned fireworks, citing both citizen and animal welfare as the main reasons.

In Italy's south, fireworks are more popular and represent a stronger tradition, but even there councils are trying to restrict their use over the next few days. The Sicilian city of Messina has banned all pyrotechnics until January 10th.

In Campania, a province famous for its liberal use of fireworks on feast days, Andrea Manzi, the mayor of Casamarciano, a town near Naples, was one of the first to call for a ban – suggesting citizens ring in the new year by sending up Chinese lanterns instead.

A suitable substitute? Photo: Massimo Peruffo/Flickr

Manzi also hopes to quell the huge trade in illegal fireworks present in the region.

European environmental organization, FareAmbiente, estimated that the illegal market was worth some €100 million a year and involved 250 to 300 illegal producers centred around Naples.

Story continues below…

But, a statement from the organization warned that banning fireworks could help the illegal trade to flourish.

“Repressive ordinances only serve to favour the black market trade in illegal fireworks," a spokesperson from the organization told Il Fatto Quotidiano.

"Local mayors should instead designate suitable public spaces where exhibitions can take place.”

For more news from Italy, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.it)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
'My problem is too many ideas': Italy's couture king
Francois Guillot / AFP

Giambattista Valli says his fledgling ready-to-wear line is thriving -- thanks to spillover synergy from a haute couture operation that has made him a darling of the celebrity A-list set.

Italy orders man to buy feminist books for prostitute
An image of a customer meeting a prostitute. Photo: Italian investigators

A court in Rome has handed down an unusual penalty to the client of an underage prostitute, ordering him to buy her 30 books on the theme of women's dignity, Italian media reported Friday.

Pope holds multi-faith meeting with Nice victims
Pope Francis kisses a baby on arrival at his weekly audience in St Peter's Square. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope Francis will on Saturday hold a multi-faith meeting of grieving relatives and survivors of an attack in France in July when a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd in Nice.

For one day only: €1 nighttime entry to Italy's cultural sites
Fancy getting up close and personal with David after dark? Photo

Saturday is European Heritage Day, and Italy is celebrating with €1 entry to many of its most famous sites.

The real reasons young Italians aren't having kids
Why have Italians seemingly stopped making babies? File photo: Pexels

Italy's government is campaigning to get Italians to have babies - but what are the reasons behind the slowing birthrate?

Renzi vows to restore quake towns to former glory
Amatrice, the town worst hit by the August 24th quake. Photo: AFP

"The areas will be more beautiful than before," Italy's Prime Minister promised, one month on from the earthquake.

Italy spearheads citizen drive for EU soil policy
Italian farmland. Photo: michael kooiman/Flickr

An area of fertile soil the size of Berlin is lost across the EU each year.

Italian PM dismisses idea of Rome 2024 Olympics
Happier times: Renzi announcing Rome's candidacy for the 2024 Games. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

It looks like it's all over.

Yet another earthquake strikes in central Italy
Damaged houses in Accumoli, where another earthquake has struck. Photo: AFP

Repeated aftershocks since the initial quake have made recovery difficult in the disaster-hit region.

The 300-year-old story of what makes Chianti wine so special
Chianti wine on display during the Vinitaly exhibition earlier this year. Photo: AFP

It all started with a Tuscan Duke...

Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
Eight things you should know about Rome's Spanish Steps
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
The incredible hero dogs of Italy’s earthquake
Why quake-hit Amatrice will never be the same again
Why discontented Italians could derail their economy
Keep passports safe: Typical pickpocket scams revealed
Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand
The richest families in Florence in 1427 are still rich today
So why do pasta-loving Italians live such long lives?
Italy's Renzi prepares for stormy autumn
This 104-year-old just saw the sea for the first time
Should Rome give up on its 2024 Olympic dream?
The Italian doctor giving hope to thousands of migrants
Ten 'Italian' dishes that don't actually exist in Italy
Five Italian athletes going for gold at the Rio Olympics
Trastevere: From a fiery past to Rome’s souvenir stand
Think Trump would be a disaster? Just ask the Italians
How Brexit has helped to expose Italy’s banking malaise
After Brexit, keep a close eye on Italy's Five Star Movement
12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy
Why Milan could be Europe's post-Brexit financial hub
Five crowd-free alternatives to Italy's tourist hotspots
jobs available