Prague cancels traditional New Year’s fireworks
Prague City Hall has cancelled the traditional New Year’s fireworks. The decision was made by the previous city administration headed by Civic Democrat Pavel Bém as part of the city’s cost-cutting measures. The current mayor, Bohuslav Svoboda, said there wasn’t enough time for the new city hall to prepare the fireworks after they assumed their post after November’s local elections, as fireworks require a series of permissions from other state institutions. Last year, the 15-minute fireworks that attracted thousands of viewers, cost around one million crowns, or some 53,000 US dollars.