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A legal public fireworks display, Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

New law may reduce fireworks injuries

Visitors to Sweden are often surprised that a country that has such severe laws about firearms is so permissive about fireworks. New Years Eve will see many private fireworks displays around the country. But Swedish Radio News reports that the laws have been tightened somewhat this year.

The largest fireworks are no longer for sale, following a new law banning sales to private persons of anything containing more than 75 grams of explosives. The new law was passed after a 13 year old boy had his leg blown off during the New Year’s festivities two years ago.

Swedish Radio News reports that every year around 100 people here are injured in fireworks accidents, around 20 of them seriously.

In a local survey, however, Swedish Radio Uppland discovered that many fireworks were being sold there illegally.

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