228 injured by New Year fireworks in Denmark

228 injured by New Year fireworks in Denmark
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228 people in Denmark were treated for injuries caused by fireworks on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The number is roughly on par with last year, according to an analysis group at Odense University Hospital (OUH), which has collated the figures from the country’s emergency units and hospitals.

Two-thirds of those injured were under the age of 26. Four out of five were men and the majority did not wear goggles, the OUH analysis group stated in a press message.

27 of the injuries are categorized as serious, while 9 of them affected children and adolescents under the age of 18.

In two cases, the fireworks involved were illegal.

The number of serious injuries is slightly lower than last year, when 30 serious injuries were recorded.

“Although there are still many injuries and the level is similar to last year, it is good to see that the number of serious injuries has fallen for the third year in a row,” the OUH group wrote in the press release.

In addition to the injuries on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, three boys were injured on Funen on January 2nd after reportedly picking up leftover fireworks.

One of the three boys suffered a serious eye injury.

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