In many places 2021 was launched in spite of the fireworks ban. The ME and the police intervened in various places in the country.
However, last New Year‘s Eve and in the night via the P2000 network, 30 percent fewer notifications were received than a year earlier, according to data from alarmeringen.nl. This indicates that emergency services had to act less often than the year before.
Emergency workers in multiple places
several places in the country, emergency workers were confronted with aggression. In Rotterdam, the ME intervened when young people coached the fire brigade with stones and fireworks. Aid workers were also attacked in Katwijk and The Hague. In Waardenburg in Gelderland, the ME stopped a group of hundred people who prevented the fire brigade from extinguishing a car fire.
In Amsterdam Nieuw-West five people were arrested who had thrown fireworks to the police. No cops were hurt. In Renkum, Gelderland, a policeman was beaten in the face after he had come to a conflict with dozens of people.
The police in Leeuwarden made several arrests, when a group of young people fired fireworks and fired the police.
Police with fireworks attacked in Leeuwarden:
Multiple car fires and illegal parties
In several places across the country, cars were set on fire. Fire was founded in Den Bosch and Veen, but also in The Hague, Rijswijk and Katwijk. Jan Struijs, chairman of the National Police Association said in the CCEit Radio 1 Journal that this year there were “many car fires”.
The police have also put an end to illegal parties in several places. Three officers were injured in Arnhem. One of them had to go to the hospital.
This year fewer people arrived at the emergency care in the Netherlands with fireworks injuries. That says Annemarie van de Velden, chairman of the Dutch Association of Emergency Aid Doctors, in the CCEit Radio 1 Journal. “We are happy about that, because we couldn’t have had it.”
In the municipality of Uithoorn, a man was seriously injured by a fireworks accident. He should probably miss a hand. What exactly happened is not clear, but a police spokesman tells the ANP that the man was parting off fireworks when things went wrong.
In Rijswijk people ran off burning after an explosion. Images of a bystander show that the clothes of several people caught fire. It is not known how badly they were injured.
Several people on fire after explosion in Rijswijk:
It was a much quieter new year than usual for the Eye Hospital in Rotterdam, where it is normally all hands on deck for the ophthalmologists in the New Year‘s Night. Ophthalmologist Tjeerd de Faber says in the CCEit Radio 1 Journal that he has never had this quiet in the hospital in 23 years. “The quietest night of my career.”
“ Last year it was a horror night”, says De Faber. “This year we have seen two carbide injuries and one patient with fireworks injuries. And in the course of the morning, another patient with fireworks injuries comes from another hospital. So I am very satisfied with it.”
‘Other than different‘
As an alternative to fireworks, drones performed an air show over Rotterdam and at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam there was a countdown show with light and music 2021. Also in Barneveld, Enschede and Dordrecht there were light spectacles at midnight.
Drones form figures above Rotterdam:
Most people celebrated the New Year at home with oil bulbs and champagne. The advice was to receive no more than two guests at home. That celebrating home was different for many people than other years.
New Year’s Eve was different than usual: