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Two young Italians suffer amputations over firework injuries

Incidents set to peak on New Year's Eve

26 December, 16:01
Two young Italians suffer amputations over firework injuries (ANSA) - Rome, December 26 - Two young Italians had body parts amputated over the Christmas holidays due to injuries they suffered from fireworks.

Every year the tradition for Italians to let off and throw fireworks on New Year's Eve causes a big toll in terms of injuries, and sometimes deaths. This year the problems have started early.

A 23-year-old man had his arm amputated after a spark from one firework set up a batch he was carrying in a rucksack near the southern city of Avellino.

An 25-year-old student had a hand amputated after a firework went off in it on Christmas at Paternò, near Catania.

A man was arrested in the southern city of Taranto, meanwhile, for possessing a stash of some 3,000 illegal fireworks, which are notoriously powerful and dangerous.

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