Illegal use of fireworks kept Norwegian police busy all over the country during the long holiday weekend. One man even set off firecrackers inside a metro station in downtown Oslo.
News bureau NTB reported that police charged a man with igniting fireworks, mostly firecrackers, inside Oslo’s Grønland T-bane station just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. He was arrested and expelled from the area.
There were no injuries, but several others were injured by fireworks around the country, such as when one 16-year-old boy lit a box of rockets and got some of them in his eye. Another young man in Kristiansund suffered facial injuries after setting off fireworks in the downtown area. Fireworks were also the cause of a fire at Lofoten, when a rocket landed on the roof of a shed.
Police also were called out when a 25-year-old man set off a rocket into a crowd of people in the center of Egersund in Rogaland County. Police also had to break up a gang of boys at Varhaug in Rogaland after they fired rockets at cars, railroad lines, people and the walls of homes. All their fireworks were confiscated.