Here’s a complete list of where fireworks are prohibited in Helsinki this year.

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THE USE OF FIREWORKS is not allowed in certain areas in Helsinki on New Year’s Eve, the Helsinki Rescue Department notes in a statement.

The use of fireworks for private consumers is permitted between 18:00 on December 31 and 02:00 on January 1.

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But! The use of fireworks is prohibited on New Year’s Eve between 18:00 and 02:00 on December 31 in the following areas:

1. The area of the city center, which includes the following street areas: Yliopistonkatu – Mikonkatu – Rautatientori – Asema-aukio – Elielinaukio – Töölönlahdenkatu – Töölönlahti park ¬- Makasiinipuisto – Kansalaistori – Mannerheiminaukio – Paasikivenaukio – Salomonkatu – Narinkkatori – Simonkatu – Mannerheimintie – Erottaja – Eteläesplanadi – Kauppatori – Mariankatu – Aleksanterinkatu – Senaatintori.

2. Oulunkylä shopping center

3. Ylä-Malmi market square

4. Pihlajanmäki shopping center

5. Ala-Malmi market square

6. Töölöntori market square

7. Old Church Park (so-called Ruttopuisto)

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8. Maatullinaukio

9. Kontula shopping center

11. The background area of the Old Market Hall (Kauppahalli), including the parking areas

10. Itäkeskus shopping center and Tallinn square

12. Sinebrychoff Park area

13. Kaisaniemi and Kaivopuisto park areas

14. Sitra square in Kannelmäki, the youth community center and areas near the station

15. Malminkartano square and Malminkartano station areas

16. Vaasa square area

17. Hakaniemi market square and the Ympyrätalo area

Why are fireworks banned in the aforementioned areas, though?

The rescue department answers:

“The ban on the use of fireworks in the designated areas is intended to improve the overall safety of people gathering in the area and to reduce damage to people, buildings and other property. The aim is also to reduce other nuisances caused by fireworks, such as noise, smoke and litter, thereby improving public amenity and cleanliness.”

Ok.

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