West News Wire: Local media reported Saturday that two men were killed by exploding pyrotechnics on New Year’s Eve, one in Germany and the other in Austria.

In Hennef, near Bonn in western Germany, a 37 year old man died. In the same event, a 39 year old man was seriously hurt and rushed to the hospital.

In Austria, a 23 year old man died and three others were injured southwest of Vienna.

Several other persons were hurt in other fireworks-related disasters in the German towns of Leipzig and Hamburg, according to the German news agency.

The sale of fireworks for personal use was banned in Germany this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some Germans bought illegal fireworks or built their own, increasing the risk of accidents.

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