Two young Italians suffer amputations over firework injuries
Incidents set to peak on New Year's Eve26 December, 16:01
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.