Prague City Hall: No Fireworks on New Year’s Eve

Prague will not once again not hold its traditional New Year’s fireworks show on January 1, and the city is not planning any alternative event.

The Czech capital did not host its annual fireworks show in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic and related restrictions.

“The main reasons include the situation in Ukraine and the unfavorable economic situation of many households, as well as the need to look for financial savings also on the part of the City Hall,” Prague city spokesperson Vít Hofman has told Radiožurnál.

“Symbolically, however, we are planning to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Czech Republic on 1 January with a festive lighting of buildings,” added Hofman.

In 2020, the use of firecrackers and fireworks was banned in selected places, such as historic city districts, parks, nature protected areas, around watercourses, near retirement homes and other social care facilities and also in the vicinity of the Prague Zoo.

On the other hand, the Czech cities of Most and Ústí nad Labem are planning New Year’s fireworks, according to the Czech News Agency.

The use of pyrotechnic products on New Year’s Eve

Prague first issued this ban in December 2020, citing health and safety concerns.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic products can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. What is more, they can harm not only people but also wildlife, animals in zoos, and pets.

Those who have animals at home know that the loud noise brought about by fireworks can result in intense feelings of fear and panic. These feelings are even more extreme for stray animals who do not have a safe place to hide indoors or a loving owner to offer comfort.

“Sensitive areas”

On its website, the municipality explains that there are several “sensitive areas” where private displays of fireworks are now forbidden. These include the city centre, parks, waterfronts and areas near hospitals, nursing homes, zoos, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics.

The police will ensure that all citizens follow the decree. Therefore, violations will be subject to fines of up to CZK 100,000.

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