Fireworks set off complaints

Two major private fireworks displays on weeknights in Oslo last week have sent complaints soaring almost as high and as loud as the fireworks themselves. Residents complained that children were woken up, dogs started barking and lots of smoke lingered over the downtown area. The first fireworks display on Wednesday night was connected to a […]

New Year fireworks injure 16

Despite lots of warnings over the risks of setting off private fireworks, and bans on them in central urban areas, 16 people suffered severe eye injuries on New Year’s Eve. Now some political parties want to ban them entirely. The cities’ major public fireworks displays aren’t enough for those who insist on setting off their […]

Police busy putting out fireworks

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 […]

Lanterns a fire risk in snow-free Oslo

Emergency authorities in Oslo have urged revelers not to light and release paper lanterns into the sky on New Year’s Eve. The Oslo Fire and Rescue service warned the flaming paper lanterns pose a major risk because they can’t be controlled and don’t always go out before they land. Fireworks are banned within Oslo’s ‘Ring […]

Injuries spur call for fireworks ban

Recklessness and a rash of injuries during the New Year’s holiday have led to calls for a total ban on private fireworks in the Norwegian capital, and possibly other cities and towns as well. Police in Oslo had trouble with crowd control on the City Hall plaza New Year’s Eve, and were stunned when some […]