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[Anecdotes] Health and Safety Concern

Posted by Lex Fear on February 27, 2007

Time to share with you one of the memorable moments of the New Year.

Walking the streets of Munich at 23:45 on December 31st 2006 was a refreshing experience. Minimal police presence (by UK standards), crowds of people walking around clutching commercial size (UK illegal) fireworks in one hand, matches in the other. I must admit that they can be a little odd but the Deutschlanders sure know how to live it up ‘Mr Invincible’ style.

Standing on the balcony of D’s apartment, 4 floors up overlooking the street, I tried to count how many H&S infringements were taking place at one time in the street below.

Small firecrackers were being lobbed into the street as cars drove by, whilst the braver of the Barbarian Bavarians held the commercial fireworks in their hands as they set them off. Much beer was consumed which left plenty of spare bottles for the non-immortals to balance their rockets in. Occasionally the odd bottle would tip over and the rocket headed into the crowd of hammered Bavarians, funnily, it didn’t seem to upset the dogs that were present.

Rockets shot past the balcony, one even passing by my feet, exploding just meters away from the balcony. Quite an awesome sight to be staring straight across at exploding fireworks, as opposed to ground level.

As the night wore on me and D retired to watch CNN with a bottle of Erdinger each.

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