While Sweden generally has restrictive legislation, ranging from outlawing the purchase of sex to limited access to alcohol, fireworks are legal here.
The law was changed in 2001 to ban firecrackers and the sale of fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. However, according to the daily “Svenska Dagbladet”, the number of injuries caused by private fireworks has remained constant.
A police inspector has told the newspaper that the law is hard to enforce.
So far this holiday season private fireworks have caused five fires here and serious eye injuries to a teenaged boy. “Svenska Dagbladet” says hundreds more can be expected over the next few days.