Disaster on New Year’s Eve – man (37) dead after the firecrackers explosion in Hennef


Hennef (North Rhine-Westphalia) – Deadly New Year’s Eve!

In the Hennef district of Hüchel (376 inhabitants) in North Rhine-Westphalia, a group of celebrants wanted to ring in the new year with fireworks. At their New Year’s Eve party, they set it on fire a little later and a tragic accident occurred.

As a police spokesman said on BILD request, a man (37) was fatally injured in an explosion. The emergency call was received by the police at 0.19 a.m. However, due to the severity of the injuries, the dead person has not yet been identified.



The police are investigating the fatal accident in HennefPhoto: Vincent Kempf

A police spokesman suspected that the fireworks could have been a self-made firecracker.

Another man (39) was seriously injured in the accident. His life is in danger.

Shortly after midnight, the 37-year-old and the 39-year-old had separated from the group of ten, according to witness statements. Suddenly, according to the police, there was a very loud bang and the two were seriously injured on the ground.


Police officers intervened in Düsseldorf when firecrackers were thrown into the crowd near the banks of the Rhine

Police officers intervened in Düsseldorf when firecrackers were thrown into the crowd near the banks of the RhinePhoto: David Young


A man set off fireworks in a crowd in Düsseldorf

A man set off fireworks in a crowd in DüsseldorfPhoto: David Young

Large-scale operation for the police on Düsseldorf’s Burgplatz between the banks of the Rhine and the old town! More and more young people gathered there around 11.30 p.m. At the turn of the year the square was full. Those present threw several firecrackers into the crowd.

According to BILD information, a alarm gun was also seized.

Visitors apparently led friends injured by the fireworks from the gathering. A hundred disbanded the celebrants. The police were unable to provide any information about the operation at night when asked by BILD.


Blank cartridges were seized in a man's backpack

Blank cartridges were seized in a man’s backpackPhoto: David Young


Police are searching a suspect

Police are searching a suspectPhoto: David Young

Twelve injured after the firecrackers explosion in Berlin

At a private New Year’s Eve party on the premises of a construction site security company in Berlin’s Friedrichshagen district, twelve people were injured in the explosion by illegal fireworks.

All injured people had to be taken to clinics for treatment, the fire brigade announced on New Year’s morning. Fortunately, there were no very serious injuries. After initial investigations, the police assume that illegal pyrotechnics were ignited at the celebration in the Friedrichshagen district. There is no other way to explain the number and severity of the injuries, said a spokesman.


A girl injured by the bullet bomb is transported away in an ambulance

A girl injured by the bullet bomb is taken away in an ambulancePhoto: Spreepicture

According to BILD information, an unknown group is said to have thrown an illegal “bullet bomb” over the fence, which then detonated. The bomb, which is also sold in Poland, caused pop trauma, burns and abrasions. The criminal police and state security are now investigating several cases of negligent bodily harm and causing an explosive.

According to the fire brigade, the youngest injured is an eleven-year-old boy, the other injured are adolescents and adults. The fire brigade was alerted around 12:10 a.m. and deployed around 40 emergency services.

Numerous police officers were also on duty around the Brandenburg Gate because large crowds formed there. In the evening there was a during the ZDF New Year’s Eve party. Fireworks ignited.


Police officers blocked some streets in Berlin to avoid crowds

Police officers blocked some streets in Berlin to avoid crowdsPhoto: Christophe Gateau / dpa

When a firework was set off, a man in the north of Leipzig was seriously injured.

The man was brought to the emergency room shortly before 1 a.m. from the Gohlis district with severe injuries, said a police spokesman on New Year’s morning in Leipzig. The pyrotechnics that were ignited were presumably self-made or worked on. How exactly the accident came about remained open at first.

No fireworks ban, only fireworks sale ban

Despite the ban on the sale of fireworks, there were heavy bangs in some places in Germany, and rockets were also seen here and there. Because there was no general ban on firecrackers.

However, many cities had designated certain public areas as firecrackers-free zones.


Police officers at the entrance to the Große Freiheit in the Hamburg district of St. Pauli.  There was a dead man there because the clubs and bars had to remain closed

Police officers at the entrance to the Große Freiheit in the Hamburg district of St. Pauli. There was a dead man there because the clubs and bars had to remain closedPhoto: Christian Charisius / dpa


The North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) thanked the police for their efforts on New Year's Eve

The North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) thanked the police for their efforts on New Year’s EvePhoto: Roberto Pfeil / dpa

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