BERLIN — A 17-year-old boy has died after a powerful firework he was trying to light during New Year’s celebrations in Austria malfunctioned, police said Tuesday.
Upper Austria police said the teenager had attempted to fire a “ball bomb” from inside a metal tube when it exploded, inflicting serious head injuries. He was taken to a hospital in the town of Ried, but later died.
Authorities in the Netherlands also said two people died in separate fireworks-related incidents overnight.
Police in the eastern town of Enschede said officers found a man apparently killed by a fireworks explosion lying on the street shortly after midnight.
A 41-year-old man was reported killed as a result of fireworks in the North Sea town of Morra.
Setting off fireworks to herald the New Year is a widespread tradition in Europe, despite the numerous injuries reported annually from misuse or faulty products.
Revelers wanting to celebrate in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and in the center of Hannover were banned from bringing or lighting fireworks this year.