The Utrecht council of mayor and aldermen will not introduce a local ban on consumer fireworks at the turn of the year, according to a letter to the city council on Friday.

The Commission believes that it is up to the national government to impose a fireworks ban. The ministers are also afraid that a local ban will be counterproductive and that people will move to neighboring municipalities, where no fireworks ban will apply.

GroenLinks and the Party for the Animals submitted an initiative proposal at the end of March to introduce local measures against the lighting of fireworks as long as there is no national ban. Aid workers would thus be better protected and the nuisance for people and animals would decrease.

The municipality of Utrecht received 3,184 reports of fireworks nuisance at the turn of the year. There was also damage in public space for almost 200,000 euros. Police arrested 38 people, 25 of whom were underage.