WINTERSWIJK – No surplus fireworks can be returned to any municipality in Achterhoek. Municipalities cannot safely store these fireworks anywhere. The setting off of fireworks hardly led to complaints of nuisance in villages and towns.
This emerges from a visit of this newspaper in the region. Elsewhere in the country, it is possible for residents to dispose of fireworks without penalty or charge. “We do not have adequate space to collect,” says a spokesperson for the municipality of Bronckhorst. Such a space for the storage of fireworks must meet strict requirements. And no one here asked if the fireworks could be returned.
No request for either
The same noise also comes from Oude IJsselstreek, Aalten, East Gelre, Doetinchem and Winterswijk. Aalten: “There is no submission option, and there is no demand for it.” Oost Gelre: “The organization of this, the reception, storage, transport and deployment of staff do not outweigh the feedback from such an action in our municipality.”
Winterswijk points out that already purchased legal fireworks can be kept at home, but not more than 25 kilos and in a safe place. Illegal fireworks were discovered in Berkelland at the end of November. The municipality then announced that people could hand it over. “No use was made of this.”
Almost no downside
The fireworks ban announced by the national government also ensures that there is virtually no harm from fireworks. In Doetinchem, there are complaints about this. “Reports have been received, but less compared to other years.”
The mayors of Winterswijk and Doetinchem expect him to stay calm on New Year’s Eve.
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