Exploding New Year’s Eve fireworks kill two in Germany and Austria

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Exploding fireworks killed two men on New Year’s Eve, one in Germany and the other in Austria, according to local media.

A 37-year-old man died in Hennef, near Germany’s western city of Bonn. A 39-year-old was severely injured in the same incident and taken to hospital.

In Austria, a 23-year-old man died south-west of Vienna and three other people were injured.

Several other people were injured in mishaps involving fireworks in the German cities of Leipzig and Hamburg, the German news agency dpa reported.

The sale of fireworks for personal use was banned in Germany this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some Germans bought illegal fireworks or built their own, however, increasing the risk of accidents.

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