An 18-year-old died on New Year’s Eve in Upper Palatinate from injuries caused by a firecracker. According to previous information from the police in Eschlkam in the Cham district, the young man threw a firecracker into a plastic pipe in order to make it explode, as a spokesman announced on Monday. When the young man’s head was above the pipe, the firecracker exploded and injured the man in the head area. Another person was slightly injured in the incident. The police were initially unable to provide any further information. The criminal police are investigating the background to the incident.
The explosion of a firecracker also injured the ear of a twelve-year-old in Inzell, Upper Bavaria, in the Traunstein district. A man fired a battery with several shots near the boy, a police spokesman said on Monday. Presumably due to a defect, there were several ricochets, one of which exploded right next to the boy’s head. The twelve-year-old was immediately taken to hospital and treated there. It was initially unclear whether the explosion caused permanent damage. The police are looking for the man who lit the fireworks and are investigating negligent bodily harm.
Although it remained much quieter than previously feared, it was a busy night for the fire brigade and police. The integrated control center in Nuremberg, for example, recorded around 770 missions for the rescue service and around 250 missions for the fire department by Monday morning, as a spokesman announced on New Year’s Day. There were no major injuries, but there were several more serious burn injuries. In addition to Nuremberg, the control center is also responsible for the cities of Fürth and Erlangen as well as the districts of Fürth, Nürnberger Land and Erlangen-Höchstadt.
In the city of Nuremberg alone, helpers were required for more than 500 missions. From midnight onwards, the fire brigades in Nuremberg were in constant operation due to numerous smaller fires. The fire brigade was able to prevent larger fires through quick intervention. Ten people were injured by fireworks. One person was so seriously injured that he was taken by helicopter to a special clinic in Munich that night.