Italy is apparently a lot like Port Hadlock, where I was staying Saturday night. The residents in both places take advantage of all possible opportunities to splode stuff and set things on fire.
Reuters reports that Two men were killed and 561 other people were wounded as Italians celebrated the New Year with massive displays of illegal and homemade fireworks, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
The most serious incident took place in Rome when a 31-year-old man lit a large firecracker which exploded in his apartment before he could throw it out the window. The explosion set off a bigger blast of the remaining fireworks that killed him and wounded several others in the apartment, including three children, police said.
There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries in Hadlock, however, and the worst damage at our house appears to have been when the cat came in at 3:00 in the morning with a haunted look on her face.