WHEN will people realise prohibiting the sales of illegal fireworks is not about spoiling their fun; it’s about protecting them and others from being badly hurt — or worse.
An Albury man is at risk of losing an eye after he was struck by a stray firework on New Year’s Eve at a party in a Wodonga backyard.
But his is not the only injury.
In Sydney another man is fighting for his life after fireworks exploded in his face while he was trying to light them; two teenage girls were injured after illegal fireworks were detonated at Lorne in Victoria; and another man from NSW was hospitalised with burns and other injuries to his face after yet another fireworks explosion on the Central Coast.
The Wodonga incident was one of only a handful to mar the start of this year on the Border.
Albury police were pelted with glass bottles while trying to break up a rowdy party in the city’s north.
After details of the party appeared on social media, police were called when more than 100 young people started brawling.
Residents forced to put up with the noise yesterday awoke to dozens of broken bottles and cans littering their street.
Happy New Year indeed.