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New Year's Eve 2020: No firecrackers sale? Lidl, Aldi and others do that

2020-11-30T09:48:06.376Z

The Netherlands have issued a fireworks ban. In Germany, too, some are calling for firecrackers to be banned on New Year's Eve. The first chains are already taking fireworks out of the range.



The Netherlands have issued a fireworks ban.

In Germany, too, some are calling for firecrackers to be banned on New Year's Eve.

The first chains are already taking fireworks out of the range.

The

corona pandemic

completely changed the lives of people in Germany and around the world in 2020.

Keep

your

distance

,

wear a

mask

, avoid large meetings - reducing contacts is the order of the day or the order of the month.

It is not yet clear what

Christmas

will look like

this

Corona year

.

The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann recently painted an ugly scenario *.

It is also in the stars whether people

can celebrate

New Year's Eve

together

- and what it

looks like

with

fireworks

to welcome the New Year 2021, like

echo24.de

* reported.

Further regulations are to be decided by the federal and state governments * at the next Corona summit.

The discussion about the

New Year's Eve fireworks

for reasons of

climate protection

flares up again every year.

The debate revolves around the

environmental impact

of

fine dust

from

fireworks

.

"This fine dust, enriched with all sorts of heavy metals from the colorful rockets, is a massive health risk," said the German Environmental Aid (DUH) on its website, calling for a

ban

on private New Year's fireworks.

In addition,

animal rights activists

warn of

the consequences of the fireworks every year.

The bang leads to stress and panic in animals, according to the DUH.

Fireworks on New Year's Eve: German environmental aid calls for a ban on firecrackers

A few days ago the Netherlands became the first country in Europe to

ban fireworks

on

New Year's Eve

.

At the turn of the year

rockets

, firecrackers and firecrackers may neither be bought nor ignited there.

However, the background is not the environment, but

Corona

: The ban is intended to prevent the

emergency medical services from

being burdened even more

during the

pandemic

than is currently the case anyway.

According to official figures, around 1,300 people in the Netherlands were

treated

for

injuries

caused by

fireworks

in

hospitals

or general practitioners' clinics

last year

.

Some are now calling for the

Netherlands

to follow suit.

At the turn of the year 2019/2020, for example, there were already several large prohibited zones for

fireworks

in Berlin

.

There was no

New Year's Eve fireworks

on the central Schlossplatz in Stuttgart last year

either

, but a light show, video screens and live music.

Opposite the

German Press Agency

, the Association of Cities and Towns in North Rhine-Westphalia spoke out against a general ban on

fireworks

on New Year's Eve.

“We can get big parties out of our heads, that's for sure.

But for that reason we shouldn't ban the burning of fireworks nationwide, ”said President Roland Schäfer.

Nevertheless, Baden-Württemberg is examining a complete ban on New Year's Eve

bolls

, as

reported by bw24.de

*.

According

to

wa.de

*, calls for a firecracker ban on New Year's Eve are also loud in NRW.

The Netherlands has banned the sale and use of # New Years Eve fireworks.

We applied for this to @jensspahn and Horst Seehofer for D too.

Clinics and medical staff must not be charged additionally at the turn of the year!

#Fireworks https://t.co/Zc1aucqhY4

- Deutsche Umwelthilfe (@Umwelthilfe) November 16, 2020

New Year's Eve fireworks: First dealers refrain from selling firecrackers

But how do the

hardware stores

and

supermarkets

that actually

sell

fireworks

plan

?

In 2019, some retailers had already

deleted

New Year's Eve fireworks

from their range.

This included some branches of Rewe and Edeka.

The hardware store chain Hornbach also says it wants to stop

selling in

2020

.

Likewise, there are

no

firecrackers

to buy

at the

Obi

DIY store

this year

, as Chip.de reports.

The trading company for building materials (Hagebau) therefore wants to have

fireworks

in its entire range

for the last time

in

2020

.

In 2021 only a few hagebau markets will be offering fireworks.

Other

supermarket chains

such as Aldi,

Lidl

or Kaufland are currently still holding on to the

sale

of

firecrackers

.

When

asked

by

echo24.de

*, a press

spokeswoman

from

Kaufland announced

that they were following the current discussion on the topic of

fireworks

ban

on

New Year's Eve

very carefully.

"If there are corresponding regulations, we will of course comply with them." Due to the dynamic

Corona situation

, however, it is not yet possible to make a binding statement.

Kaufland is currently planning to

sell fireworks

in the branches, the range includes around 80 items.

+

For many people in Germany, the fireworks are traditionally part of New Year's Eve - as here in Stuttgart.

© Christoph Schmidt / dpa

Fireworks on New Year's Eve: Aldi, Lidl and Co. are sticking to the firecrackers sale

Aldi Süd

also announces that the offer is based on the wishes and needs of

customers

.

Experience shows that there

has been a great deal of

interest in

fireworks

on

New Year's Eve

for years.

"Even if the

New Year's Eve party will

be rather small this year, we are expecting a corresponding demand," said a press spokeswoman.

The discounter Lidl * argues in a similar way: Due to the great demand, “we are planning to offer our customers a corresponding selection again this year,” said a spokeswoman.

Nevertheless,

Lidl is following

the current discussion: "Basically, we are interested in a uniform and binding solution for the entire industry."

Other

supermarkets

did not

respond

to

echo24.de

demand for the

sale

of

fireworks

before

New Year's Eve

2020/2021.

The turnover in this area is nevertheless enormous.

In 2019/2020, the Association of the Pyrotechnic Industry expected sales of EUR 133 million.

And this, although

according to the law

,

small fireworks

can only be sold on the last three working days of the year.

* echo24.de, wa.de and bw24.de are part of the Ippen-Digital network

List of rubric lists: © Christoph Schmidt / dpa

Source: merkur

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