Midsummer 2019 in a Nutshell: Fun in the Sun, Busy Times For the Police
The incredible Midsummer weather united families at the cottages and inspired toasts for the highlight of the Finnish summer celebrations.
People played games long into the night and then fell into a deep sleep even as the sun didn’t seem to get some.
For others, the hot weather and booze didn’t work so well.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute had issued a fire forest warning to Southern and Western Finland, which meant that Midsummer bonfires were prohibited.
Despite the warning, many people across the country burned bonfires, thus many fines were issued.
The police reports are filled with drunken drivers and assaults and also with speeding offenses, traffic accidents and drownings.
In total, five people have been reported drowning during the Midsummer weekend. Two people died in road accidents.
Some of the most ruthless assaults happened in the South Karelia region.
On Friday, Midsummer’s Eve, a man in Vuoksenniska, Imatra, was beaten at his home yard by teenagers after telling them to turn down the noise.
In Lappeenranta, three boys assaulted an underaged victim by punching and kicking across the body.
In Imatra, a brawl was sparked in front of a local bar after the security refused to let in a reveler. Several people joined the fight, but the participants suffered only minor injuries.
In Western Finland, a man appeared at a house in the small town of Loimaa. He shot with a shotgun. Luckily, no one was hurt.
When the police tried to apprehend the suspect, 30, the man fled and jumped into the nearby river. During the incident, a pier that was attached to the shore was cut loose and went adrift in the river.
After a while, the man returned ashore, and the police caught the man as a suspect of endangering public safety and a firearms offense.