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Published Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Four people have died during the New Year festivities in the Netherlands, of whom two are thought to have been killed in firework accidents.
In Enschede a man was killed in a ‘gigantic explosion’ caused by fireworks, which broke windows in nearby homes, local newspaper Tubantia reported.
In the Frisian village of Morra, another man died in a fireworks incident. Police say they do not yet know what happened but one eyewitness reported seeing a bright flash.
A third man was found dead at his home in Losser in Overijssel. A woman was later arrested in connection with the killing.
And in Rotterdam, two men were injured in a shooting incident, one of whom died of his injuries in hospital. Police have arrested seven people in connection with that incident. There were also stabbing incidents in Breda, Ridderkerk and Leiden which led to several arrests.
In the seaside resort of Scheveningen, the traditional New Year beach fire had to be put out by the fire brigade after huge clouds of cinders were blown across the town and nearby dune area, sparking lots of small fires. Several buildings had to be kept permanently wet to head of the risk of fire.
In total, the emergency services were called out over 3,150 times between 6pm on December 31 and 2am. That is almost double last year’s total, according to figures from website Alarmeringen.nl.
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Scheveningen New Year accidents Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green