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Italian Towns Ban New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They may be a millennia-old and time honored tradition, but cities and towns across Italy introduced measures to ban, or limit customary New Year’s Eve firework displays.

The ban comes amid air-pollution concerns in Italy, with councils already trying to limit smog problems in Milan, Turin and Rome. In the affluent mountain town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the local council banned fireworks, citing both citizen and animal welfare as the main reasons.

In Italy’s south, where fireworks are more popular and traditional, there were councils that attempted to restrict the use of fireworks, as an example, the Sicilian city of Messina banned all pyrotechnics until January 10.

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