Prague Bans Fireworks from Historic City Center

Today councillors approved an ordinance banning fireworks from the Vltava and other areas except on certain holidays

Beginning in April, the large-scale pyrotechnics that seem to be the preferred local way of celebrating everything from weddings to Wednesdays, will be banned in historic and preservation areas of the Czech capital, iDnes is reporting.

City councillors approved the ordinance today. 

Councillors initiated the ordinance in 2013 after New Year’s fireworks launched from a pontoon boat on the Vltava startled and subsequently injured some swans.

The decision reportedly took into consideration repeated noise violation complaints from Prague 1 residents.

The ban on fireworks will cover the entire Vltava, all the islands, and within 50 meters of the embankment. It also extends 250 meters from hospitals and homes for senior citizens and the disabled.

Exceptions to the new regulations are New Year’s Eve (December 31) and national holidays except Easter, Christmas, and Jan Hus Day in July. The exception also covers the Saint John of Nepomuk Navalis celebration on May 15.

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The new ordinance allows for fireworks only in approved places outside of the center including Výstaviště, Congress Centre, and other venues, between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

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