A great party is had by all on 31 December in
. The canals and
streets are full of people blowing up fire works. In most countries you are not
allowed to buy your own fire works but the Dutch allow you this liberty. Fire
work shops opened today and sell pyrotechnics for three days. Amsterdam
My favourite shop is in the Red Light District http://www.amsterdam-vuurwerk.nl/. There is an entire list of locations to buy fireworks on the I Amsterdam website.
The sale of fireworks is not without controversy. Last year two boys lost their lives exploding hand made bombs. In
almost 500 fires were extinguished by
the fire department. Most of these fires were lit in rubbish bins. Amsterdam
Due to the strict controls many Dutch drive to
to buy their
rockets and party explosives. Fireworks are on sale all year around in the
neighbouring country and fireworks not allowed in the Belgium are
often transported across the border. Netherlands
Another trend has been to buy over the internet. Authorities have had problems with people sending and receiving fireworks in the mail. One report cited that 60% of fireworks are bought over the internet.
Belgian authorities seized 220 tonnes of fireworks earlier this week because stores did not have the right permit, they were stored incorrectly or there was too many fireworks in one location.
In May 2000 a fireworks storage facility blew up in the eastern Dutch city of
killing 23 people including 4 fire men. Enschede
Enjoy Amsterdam over the New Year period but please be safe.
When in Amsterdam....enjoy!