New Year’s Eve in Germany and the world: New York lets it rip, dead pants in Berlin | news

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Because of the pandemic situation, many cities – from Seoul to San Francisco – had canceled or restricted New Year’s celebrations. The traditional New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin took place without an audience.

After all: In some cities there was more going on than on the first Corona New Year’s Eve a year ago. 15,000 people celebrated the new year in New York City. The New Year was once again heralded with fireworks at Copacabana and in Sydney Harbour.

An overview of Germany and the world:

The New Year’s balance sheet in Germany

From the point of view of the rescue services, Germany had a mostly calm start to the new year. Police departments and fire brigades reported a normal or only slightly increased number of operations.

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In Cologne and Düsseldorf, the officials reported that the number of operations was “like on an ordinary weekend”. According to the police, Neuss recorded the “quietest turn of the year since records began”. In the Ruhr area, too, the celebrations were largely silent. The fire brigade in Dortmund said it had “the quietest shift of all time”.

In Bochum, according to the fire brigade, a man was seriously injured in the face by a rocket. In Hennef, a man (37) died in the explosion of a homemade firecracker. Another (39) was seriously injured, he is in mortal danger.

In summary, according to the authorities, there were “significantly fewer injuries from fireworks than on normal New Year’s Eve”.

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Tragic: In Düsseldorf, a 53-year-old police officer died during an operation on New Year’s Eve. The officer collapsed and died in hospital. There is no evidence of third-party negligence.

Berlin

According to the police, New Year’s Eve was relatively quiet in Berlin. It was a “relatively quiet operational situation,” said police spokesman Thilo Cablitz early on Saturday morning in a first interim report.

The ZDF television show “Welcome 2022” took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, but without an audience and without the traditional fireworks. The police had to repeatedly break up crowds of revelers

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The fire brigade recorded 1026 missions between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. On the last New Year’s Eve before Corona, at the turn of the year 2019/20, there were 1523 operations in the same period. On normal days of the year, the Berlin fire brigade handles around 1,400 calls in 24 hours.

Around 90 people were temporarily arrested, for example for violations of the Weapons Act and the Explosives Act. In some prohibited zones, the police intervened because of the burning of fireworks. In the district of Köpenick, twelve young people were injured when a ball bomb exploded.

Stuttgart

According to their own statements, the police in Stuttgart had to close the Schlossplatz shortly before midnight because more and more people were flocking to it. There was a crowd at the barriers, officials were apparently targeted with firecrackers.

The closed off Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

The closed off Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

Photo: Christoph Schmidt/dpa

The police used pepper spray and batons against the crowd. Horses were also used. Three officers were injured and criminal proceedings were initiated against twelve suspects.

Frankfurt

Some revelers were also out and about in Frankfurt am Main. The authorities therefore had to temporarily close several bridges in the city center. In the Sachsenhausen district, someone apparently tried to stack and set fire to electric scooters. “Not a good idea,” the police wrote on Twitter and reported an arrest in the context.

The celebrations in Frankfurt were mostly small – like here on this party boat on the Main

The celebrations in Frankfurt were mostly small – like here on this party boat on the Main

Photo: Michael Probst/AP

However, most people celebrated “peacefully in small circles,” police said. There were a few violations of the fireworks ban.

Hamburg

Overall, New Year’s Eve was reportedly relatively quiet. Hamburg celebrated the turn of the year with restrained fireworks and the sound of ship horns. According to the spokesman, the fire brigade deployed 580 times. Before the corona pandemic, at the turn of the year 2019/20, there were more than 1,200.

Colorful turn of the year in the Hanseatic city

Colorful turn of the year in the Hanseatic city

Photo: RONALD SAWATZKI

Two people were seriously injured when fireworks were set off in Hamburg. In Bramfeld, a firecracker exploded in a homemade launcher and seriously injured a 50-year-old man in the face, a police spokesman said on New Year’s Day. He is in mortal danger. In Bahrenfeld, a man had to have part of his right hand amputated after an accident while detonating firecrackers.

München

According to the police in Munich, a busy New Year’s Eve is behind them. The officials were called to more than 600 operations from Friday evening to Saturday morning, a spokesman said. These included 120 disturbances of the peace, 50 offenses involving bodily harm and more than 40 pyrotechnics-related operations. In 13 cases there were indications of violations of the Infection Protection Act, it said.

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The fire brigade officials in the state capital spoke of a “relatively quiet turn of the year”. The fire brigade registered 58 missions. According to the information, there were no injuries.

Dresden

According to the police in Dresden, objects were thrown at them from a group of people on New Year’s Eve. The officers met 50 to 100 people in the Leipziger Vorstadt district shortly after midnight, the police said on Saturday. These would have set up obstacles on the road and set them on fire.

An emergency vehicle was damaged by thrown bottles. Most people left the square when riot police forces arrived.

This is how the world celebrated the new year:

New York

Around 15,000 people gathered in Times Square in the heart of the city to witness the traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop ceremony. Last year, the countdown, in which a time ball is lowered on a pole, was canceled entirely due to the corona pandemic.

Fireworks and a shower of confetti: 12:00 a.m. was once again duly celebrated in Times Square this year

Fireworks and a shower of confetti: 12:00 a.m. was once again duly celebrated in Times Square this year

Photo: David Dee Delgado/AFP

This year the number of spectators was limited and everyone had to show proof of vaccination. New York Mayor Eric Adams was sworn in shortly after midnight in Times Square.

Rio de Janeiro

On the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the New Year’s Eve celebration was also smaller than usual. Musical performances were prohibited and the access roads were closed. “I expected a lot more people to come and it would be stressful, but it’s quiet,” said Alejandra Luna, who came from Austria.

Legendary: the fireworks at Copacabana

Legendary: the fireworks at Copacabana

Photo: RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

The Brazilians celebrated more cautiously than usual. Everyone is already hoping for the celebrations next year

The Brazilians celebrated more cautiously than usual. Everyone is already hoping for the celebrations next year

Photo: Bruna Prado/dpa

After two years of the corona pandemic, she wishes for 2022 to be able to “give kisses and hugs again without thinking too much”.

Sydney

The Australian metropolis of Sydney, which bills itself as the “New Year’s Capital of the World”, welcomed 2022 with its famous fireworks display. Because of the current entry ban for tourists and fear of the highly contagious omicron variant, only a few tens of thousands instead of the usual around one million people gathered in the port city for the spectacle, in which six tons of fireworks bathed the opera house and the Harbor Bridge in a sea of ​​color .

Spectacular as ever: New Year's Eve in Sydney Harbour

Spectacular as ever: New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour

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“Hopefully 2022 will be a better year for everyone,” said 31-year-old Oscar Ramirez in Sydney. “Everyone in the world needs a big change.”

Madrid

In Madrid, at midnight in Puerta del Sol square, only about half as many people as usual were able to take part in the New Year’s tradition of eating grapes.

Madrid at midnight: a colorful show at the turn of the year

Madrid at midnight: a colorful show at the turn of the year

Photo: Manu Fernandez/dpa

Twelve times – for each chime – the approximately 7,000 revelers put a grape in their mouths and formulated a wish for themselves for the New Year.

London

The Brits have always been cautious about celebrating New Year’s Eve. The big party on the island traditionally takes place around the Christmas holidays. It is therefore not surprising that London remained quiet at night. Instead of fireworks, there was a laser show on the Thames.

The Londoners celebrated the turn of the year contemplatively

The Londoners celebrated the turn of the year contemplatively

Photo: Alberto Pezzali / AP

Paris

Police patrolled the Champs-Élysées in Paris, adorned with glittering red lights and ‘2022’ balloons, looking for people without masks. Most were only asked to wear a mouth and nose cover, and those who refused had to pay a fine.

The Champs-Élysées was packed at midnight

The Champs-Élysées was packed at midnight

Foto: Thibault Camus/AP

The Eiffel Tower celebrated the start of the French EU Council Presidency

The Eiffel Tower celebrated the start of the French EU Council Presidency

Photo: JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP

Because of the pandemic, there were far fewer tourists than usual in the French capital.

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