Like in most places, pyrotechnics are quite popular in Croatia during the festive period. Their use, however, often leads to injuries. “Most often, these are injuries to the fingers, hand, arm, and eye, and unfortunately, in some cases, they result in permanent disability,” said Zlatko Sekačić from the Zagreb Regional Anti-Explosion Unit, as reported by Index.
The warning was accompanied by a video published on the MUP YouTube channel, in which they warned about the dangers of pyrotechnics. The star of the video is Zlatko Dalic, the coach of the Croatian national football team.
The head of the Prevention Department of the Zagreb Police Department, Velimir Tišma, emphasised that pyrotechnic devices can cause fires, and their use can be exceptionally dangerous in closed spaces and places where a large number of people gather.
“Don’t give children something that could hurt them.”
“Firecrackers are not toys, so we advise parents to be responsible and not to give children something that could hurt them, not to underestimate children’s interest in pyrotechnics, and to refrain from using pyrotechnics,” Tišma said.
The Zagreb police point out that from December 15 to January 1, in accordance with the Act on Explosive Substances and the Production and Trade in Weapons, the purchase of some pyrotechnic devices is permitted, while their use is allowed from December 27 to January 1, 2023.
The police also note that permitted pyrotechnic devices are only to be purchased from sellers authorised by the Ministry of Interior.
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