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Ukraine: Man sets off fireworks in Kyiv – now he faces jail

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Fireworks are strictly forbidden in Ukraine because of the war. One man didn’t comply – local residents reported him to the police.

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Despite a clear ban on fireworks and bangers in Ukraine, a 47-year-old detonated rockets in the capital Kyiv on New Year’s Eve. He now faces a possible long prison sentence. “Now he faces five years in prison,” wrote Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Telegram on Sunday.

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Local residents had informed the police about the banned fireworks. The officers arrested the man and confiscated a whole warehouse of pyrotechnic products in his apartment. The 47-year-old is now being charged with hooliganism, the police said.

Firecracker ban because of the war in Ukraine

In Ukraine, there is a general ban on fireworks during the state of war. Shortly after the illegal fireworks, an air alert was sounded in Kyiv because Russia had launched a wave of so-called kamikaze drones on the Ukrainian capital.

Read our author’s opinion on firecrackers in Germany: Finally firecrackers again! Finally rockets! Quite a few were obviously looking forward to the unrestricted sale of pyrotechnics – and then proved impressively that a ban is essential.

Source: Stern

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