Toll from Italy fireworks falls sharply following information campaign
ROME (AFP) - The toll from exploding fireworks in Italy fell sharply this New Year following a stepped-up public information campaign, with revellers from Milan to Naples toning down their once famously riotous celebrations.
Dozens of people were injured and a seven-year-old boy lost his hand but no fatalities were reported and the number of casualties was far lower than last year when two people were killed and 361 were injured.
"I think this shows a willingness to celebrate in a more civilised way than before," Mariano Marmo, a doctor at a Naples hospital, told news channel SkyTG24.
"The toll this year is one of the most favourable we have had in recent years. It is encouraging," he said.