According to police, an 18-year-old was fatally injured in a fireworks explosion in St. Johann am Steinfelde, a cadastral district of Ternitz (Neunkirchen district). He is said to have bent over a firecracker with a peer who finally ignited. The second person involved suffered serious injuries.
According to a spokesman, the scene of the accident was a field around midnight. Several young people shot pyrotechnics there. According to the police, around 50 centimeters long plastic tubes were placed. The exact course of the accident was initially unclear. The crime scene was cordoned off and the Lower Austria State Criminal Police Office took over the investigation.
The accident prompted a large rescue operation. According to the police, two young people were slightly injured, two girls suffered a shock. A local resident reported a large “contingent of people”: “Everything was full of emergency vehicles.”
In addition to the incident in the Neunkirchen district, there were two other pyro accidents with severe consequences in Lower Austria on New Year’s Eve. In Lichtenau (Krems district), a 16-year-old was seriously injured in a firecracker explosion. The state of health of the youth who was flown to the hospital was described by the police as critical.
In Kollmitzberg, a cadastral district of Ardagger in the Amstetten district, a 19-year-old had several fingers torn off by a firecracker. In addition, some other people suffered blast trauma from this explosion.
According to the police, several fires were recorded in Lower Austria on New Year’s Eve. A shell and a carport were on fire in the state.
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