Oslo Environmental Councilor asks government for authority to ban fireworks

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The Environmental Councilor in Oslo is asking the Norwegian government to ensure that the municipalities have the authority to introduce local bans on fireworks.

“I believe that fireworks are clearly outdated,” Sirin Stav (MDG) wrote in a letter to the Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (SP).

“In the future, we must think differently about how celebrations take place – without fireworks,” she told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The development follows fireworks from a ship at Filipstad on May 18, which resulted in many people complaining due to loud noises late at night. The fire and rescue service issued the necessary permission for the fireworks, but the people of Oslo were not notified in advance.

In Norway, Fireworks are usually only allowed on New Year’s Eve. Those who want to launch rockets at other times of the year must apply to the fire service and ask for permission. 

However, the fire service says they do not have the authority to reject applications based on criteria such as noise, environmental protection, and animal considerations.

“We must also be able to take into account noise, air quality, animal welfare, and the population’s health,” Stav stated.

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