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Balcony collapses under New Year revellers

Published torsdag 1 januari 2015 kl 12.38
Nyårsfyrverkerier. Foto Ulla Öhman, SR
Emergency Services report a comparably calm New Years Eve. Photo Ulla Öhman SR

Wednesday was a relatively calm New Years Eve for the emergency services, reports the news agency TT. But in Mölnlycke outside Gothenburg, 7 people had to be taken to hospital when a balcony collapsed under a party that had gone out to watch the fire works display.

In Stockholm, thousands of people gathered by Slussen to watch the fire works, but the evening passed relatively quietly according to police. "It was like any other weekend, just a little more," said Albin Näverberg, information officer with the police in the Stockholm area.

In the Gothenburg area of Biskopsgården, several cars and containers were set alight, and firework crackers were directed at police and emergency services, but no-one was injured. A handful of people were taken into custody for disturbing the peace.

Some reports here and there of fireworks pieces going astray and people obtaining minor injuries, some drunken brawls and some minor fires. But overall a relatively calm New Years Eve.

The balcony that collapsed in Mölnlycke was perhaps the most spectiacualr incident. Approximately 20 people in their early twenties had gone out onto a balcony attached to a villa, in order to see the fireworks. Just as they were about to open the bottles of sparkling wine, the balcony collapsed.

Thankfully, it was only placed three metres or so above the ground. Out of the seven people taken to hospital, only four remained there on New Years Day, and they were being treated for minor injuries, TT reports.

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