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Turkey considers banning fireworks

In recent years, several municipalities in Turkey have banned the use of fireworks due to its danger and environmental impact.

Turkey‘s Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change is studying the possibility of banning fireworks throughout the country to combat noise pollution, according to Turkish media reports.

Said prohibition, which is already applied by some local councils, would be included in a draft law from the ministry that seeks to tackle the problem of noise pollution, and would cover all fireworks launched outdoors. Although this is the most striking point of the regulations, other regulations are also included with the aim of reducing noise levels.

Thus, for example, the rule would force the suspension of any construction work in those areas where exams are being held at national level, such as those for university access, forcing the suspension of noisy activities at least one day before the exams in question.

Precisely the construction activities are some of those that the new regulation mentions when it comes to establishing hours in which noisy activities will be limited, establishing that works will only be allowed between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, and between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekends.

In addition, noise maps will be drawn up and taken into account by the Turkish public administrations before granting any license for entertainment venues with music, such as pubs and discos. Similarly, schedules will be established for outdoor activities, including concerts, which can only take place between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. in residential areas.

Municipalities like Istanbul have already banned fireworks

In 2020, several municipalities in Turkey – including those of cities such as Edirne, İzmir or Istanbul – began to ban the use of fireworks after a series of accidents in fireworks factories, in which several explosions caused many victims. “We will not allow deaths for 5 minutes of entertainment,” the mayor of Izmir, Tunç Soyer, said.

In the resort of Antalya, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, many companies dedicated to organising weddings have also stopped using fireworks because of environmental impact, replacing them with laser light shows.