Fireworks sure do make cities ‘gezellige’. But, in the case of Amsterdam, only between 6pm on New Year’s Eve and 2am New Year’s Day.
It is only in the last three working days of the year that citizens are legally able to purchase the necessary wares from special shops (above) – hence the queues.
Some commentators describe the restriction as being that of a ‘nanny state’, while others are pleased with its introduction. It is infrequent that disobedience is punished, and there is only limited evidence that the restriction helps to curtail vandalism and post-event noise pollution.