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Firework-loving Berliners bring in new year with a bang, then panic and sirens

Emergency services kept busy as people respond to public fireworks ban by letting them off at home instead

Banned from setting off fireworks in much of their city, some Berliners instead tried to launch them from their homes on New Year’s Eve, leading to dozens of fires across the German capital.

By six minutes after midnight the Berlin fire service had been called to 18 fires, with more following afterwards. No one was initially reported seriously injured.

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