Two men have been reported to have died after suffering injuries that were caused by fireworks during New Year celebrations that were held in Germany.
Police said that a 35-year-old was killed after he ignited fireworks and a 19-year-old had fatal head injuries as the boy set off a homemade device in separate incidents that occurred in the Brandenburg region outside of Berlin.
Detectives have launched criminal investigations into the “improper use” of pyrotechnics.
Various other fireworks-related injuries were reported across the country. A boy, who is 11-year-old, was flown to a hospital by helicopter after suffering facial injuries after being hit in the face by a firework that was thrown by a group of teenagers also in Brandenburg. A 14-year-old girl also had serious eye injuries when fireworks were thrown at a group of people in the Thuringia region.
Hand surgeons that work in the trauma hospital of Berlin worked continuously in three operating rooms throughout the night, treating 21 people, including five people who needed amputations.
However, there was no repeat of the mass gropings that marred New Year’s Eve in Cologne two years ago amid increased security to protect women from sexual harassment.
The city’s police said that it had received seven complaints regarding sexual harassment, while Berlin police reported 13 and seven arrests as thousands of people celebrated at the Brandenburg Gate of the capital.
There were also terrorism concerns in the wake of the attack on the 19th of December, 2016, when an Isis militant drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.
Police stopped large bags from barricaded-off pedestrian party areas in Frankfurt and Berlin.
Six officers in Berlin were reported to have suffered temporary hearing loss when a firework was tossed at them during the arrest of one suspect. The 22-year-old man was said to have thrown a firecracker that left a hole in the rear windshield of a police car.
Police said that they also arrested a girl who is 16 years old after she repeatedly threw fireworks at the police and they also confiscated 44 illegal pyrotechnic devices that they found in her possession.
Police in Leipzig directed water cannon on a group of disorderly people who threw firecrackers at them.