New limits for fireworks in Prague

Big pyrotechnic displays will occur less often in the capital

Big fireworks displays will be banned in Prague except on some holidays and May 15, according to a new decree approved by City Hall. Fireworks with more than 10 kg of explosives will be be covered by the new ban, for example. Small fireworks will also continue to be banned with a few exceptions such as holidays including New Year's Eve.

The regulation has been in the works since 2013, when it became clear that fireworks displays on the Vltava river were frightening swans and causing them to fly into overhead electric cables.

The new regulation also limits the use of any fireworks in the historical center and near the waterfront. Fireworks will no longer be allowed in the historical center within 50 meters of the Vltava river and on its islands and within 250 meters of inpatient medical facilities and places that care for the elderly and disabled.

In addition to New Year's Eve, large fireworks shows will be allowed on Easter (which falls between March 22 and April 25), Christmas (Dec. 24) and Jan Hus Day (July 6). There is also an exception for May 15, when there is a celebration on the Vltava called Navalis for Sv. Jan Nepomuk that ends in fireworks.

The decree also includes the current limits on small fireworks, which can be fired from 10 am to 10 pm at selected Prague locations such as the Congress Centre and Výstaviště in Holešovice, according to media reports. Violations of the decree could result in fines up to Kč 5,000.

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