In which federal states can fireworks be lit?

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From: Victoria Krumbeck

This year on New Year’s Eve everything should be as before Corona. However, some fireworks bans remain in effect in some cities. We give you an overview.

Munich/Berlin – Finally it’s that time again: Zum At the turn of the year 2022/2023 you can fire again. After two years of no fireworks, supermarkets and discount stores are gearing up Aldi And Lidl back to selling fireworks. But not in all places you can light rockets. Some cities are planning firecracker-free zones so things are quieter. The great overview of where firecrackers are allowed this year and where it is worth shopping compiled by

New Year’s Eve 2022: In which federal states are fireworks allowed?

From December 29 to December 31, a Class II fireworks sold in Germany. This class includes the common New Year’s rockets, which can only be purchased from the age of 18. The bans of the last two years could only be imposed on the basis of the determination of an “epidemic situation of national significance”. Since these no longer exist, the ban on sales and the ban on buying and gatherings for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve is not to be expected. According to the Federal Environment Ministry, the decision to ban firecrackers on New Year’s Eve rests with cities and districts.

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve in the city center of Görlitz. © Leda/IMAGO

Some cities have plans for additional restrictions and bans beyond the federal regulations on fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The lighting of fireworks and firecrackers is prohibited in the immediate vicinity of churches, hospitals, homes for children and the elderly, thatched and half-timbered houses and particularly endangered objects. These additional restrictions apply across countries.


In Berlin, firecrackers are banned in some areas. As in previous years, there is a fire zone on Alexanderplatz. There is also a ban in the Schöneberg Steinmetzkiez near Pallasstraße and in some streets in Alt-Moabit, as well as the interior administration of Berlin bb24 communicated. However, a final decision has yet to be made. These areas would be particularly chaotic. There were frequent injuries from fireworks, physical altercations, attacks on emergency and rescue services, and breaches of the peace.


In Brandenburg, there shouldn’t be big bans on private fireworks, like bb24 further reported. Then there would be the usual restrictions in Cottbus. That means: no fireworks around medical facilities, nursing homes or animal parks. Brandenburg an der Havel also refrains from bans because there is no legal basis for this.


Also in Saxony firecrackers are widely possible again. As of Nov. 12, a spokeswoman for Saxony’s social affairs ministry said at the dpa’s request that no restrictions were planned for the end of the year.


This year, fireworks can be fired again in Saxony-Anhalt. Municipalities have no further restrictions on fireworks. There are no firecracker-free zones like that in Magdeburg and Halle so far mdr reported. However, police inspections of the two cities emphasized that nothing was certain with certainty.


The municipalities of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania currently have no plans to ban fireworks. As in all federal states, the usual restricted areas apply around hospitals or around endangered buildings, of which there are some. Because thatched roofs, which are widespread in the north, are particularly at risk of fire. Therefore, fireworks will not be possible in some locations on the Baltic Sea, such as that one Nordkurier reported. “For a general ban on firecrackers, the federal and state governments would have to create the conditions, which are currently unknown. This cannot currently be determined by the municipal decision,” said first deputy mayor, Chris von Wrycz Rekowski from Schwerin dpa. However, the city is investigating whether no-go zones are issued for environmental reasons.


Share the state capital Kiel von IPPEN.MEDIA upon request that there are no restrictions on fireworks through applicable federal law. There are no other known bans or restrictions in Schleswig-Holstein.


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The city of Hamburg is planning restrictions on fireworks in the city centre. According to the current status, there is a ban on fireworks on the Rathausmarkt and the Binnenalster reported.

Lower Saxony

Hanover also plans to ban the carrying and lighting of fireworks in parts of the city center this year, such as the Ed reported. In the inner ring of Celle and in the old town of Göttingen and its ramparts, it is forbidden to fire firecrackers due to the high fire risk.


In Bremen, the ban on firecrackers in the area of ​​the Weser Promenade Schlachte will remain in force. The reason is security, like the Bremen interior department Ed communicated. Furthermore, it is not permitted to light fireworks in listed areas such as the market square, the town hall or the Schnoorviertel. Anyone who does not comply with the rules on firecrackers risks a fine of 5,000 to 50,000 euros.

North Rhine-Westphalia

For security reasons, there will be a no-gun zone in several major cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. As in 2019, there should be a fireworks-free zone around Cologne Cathedral, which will be expanded from 10pm to wade reported. In the old town of Düsseldorf, the use of firecrackers is prohibited between 20:00 and 6:00. There will also be restrictions in Bielefeld.


Certain rules have to be observed in some cities in Rhineland-Palatinate. The city of Mayen has issued a fireworks ban for downtown, as well ROS reported. Trier also announced a ban on firecrackers in the main market area. It is still being considered whether the ban will be extended to other streets in the city center. So far, Kaiserslautern has no plans for a ban, but it seems that the last word has not yet been said. In the state capital of Mainz, there is no general ban on fireworks, as stated by the head of the regulatory department Manuela Matz (CDU) ROS She said.


There are currently no bans in the Saarland. In addition to the applicable national regulations, there are no “special regulations” in the Saarbrücken capital, Saarbrücken, as city press spokesman Thomas Blug told the Saarbrücker Zeitung.


There is a ban on fireworks in the historic center of Fulda, such as the city of Hesschenschau communicated. For safety reasons, firecrackers are prohibited wherever a safe distance cannot be maintained. There is also a ban on fireworks on the cathedral square. In Marburg the usual rules apply. Throughout the upper town including the area around the castle, in the castle park, in the Lutheran churchyard in front of the Elisabeth church. In Darmstadt there is a ban on Luisenplatz on the Mathildenhöhe.


“There are no specific places in Erfurt where fireworks can be fired,” according to the Erfurt Citizens’ Registration Office von IPPEN.MEDIA told upon request. Due to the nationwide ban on burning fireworks near half-timbered houses, the entire historic center of Erfurt is “virtually” closed to fireworks. Other firecracker bans in Thuringia are not currently known.


In the cities of Ulm, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Freiburg there are no bans on fireworks beyond federal law, as suggested by the cities ROS informed. In Tübingen firecrackers are prohibited in the old town. Fireworks in the historic center were also banned in previous years to protect the historic city center from possible damage. Stuttgart is also planning a fireworks ban. In coordination with the police, the use of firecrackers on the Schlossplatz should be banned. “The palace square was overcrowded, firecrackers were thrown uncontrollably, people were assaulted and there was sexual assault,” a city spokeswoman said. dpa She said.


On New Year’s Eve in Munich, by the way, within the central ring don’t be beaten. Also in Nuremberg, the former no-go zones for fireworks in the area around the main market and around the Kaiserburg will remain. This is to serve “for the safety of the crowds therein and of the legally protected buildings,” such as the dpa expert. The ban on firecrackers on New Year’s Eve will also apply to the old town of Regensburg. This is to protect monuments such as the cathedral and sensitive structures, as explained by a city spokeswoman. In Augusta, no gunshots should be fired in the immediate vicinity of so-called “protected objects”, as announced by the regulatory department. (vk with dpa)

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