Bang Boom Germans Blame "Polish Fireworks" for New Year's Injuries

Fireworks are an integral part of the German New Year's Eve tradition. Strict regulations and high prices encourage many to do their firecracker shopping across the border in Poland. Unregulated "Polish fireworks" are a perennial problem -- but this year may be their last.
Von Andrew Curry
The Nuremberg fire department demonstrated the explosive power of an illegal firecracker -- the type often referred to in Germany as "Polish fireworks" -- by blowing up a pig's foot.

The Nuremberg fire department demonstrated the explosive power of an illegal firecracker -- the type often referred to in Germany as "Polish fireworks" -- by blowing up a pig's foot.

Foto: David Ebener/ dpa
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