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New Year’s Eve: Two killed by illegal fireworks

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A fire dancer risks serious injury during the celebrations. Photo: ABC
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Two people have been killed by illegal fireworks during New Year’s Eve celebrations at Hollands Landing in Victoria and Budgewoi Beach in New South Wales.

Police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old man after he was injured by illegal fireworks near the beach at Hollands Landing in Gippsland at around 9:30pm last night.

A 52-year-old man on the New South Wales central coast also died while lighting a firework at Budgewoi Beach.

He suffered serious head injuries, police said, and despite the efforts of family and paramedics could not be revived.

Officers are investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.

Ambulance Victoria’s Andy Watson said paramedics responded to more than 100 cases in Melbourne’s CBD alone overnight.

“We’ve seen the standard types of cases, the slips, the trips and the falls early in the evening and then we see the alcohol come into play with some bigger slips, trips and falls and some assaults that occur on an annual basis sadly,” he said.

One man suffered leg injuries after falling from a lamp post on Princes Bridge, while elsewhere in Victoria, a man at Drouin was taken to hospital with facial burns after being hit by a firecracker.

A teenager was also hurt by fireworks at South Morang, in Melbourne’s north-east.

Paramedics treated three men in their 20s for burns after an aerosol can exploded in a fire at Cobram, in northern Victoria.

Meanwhile in New South Wales, a 36-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after being badly injured during a fight at Parramatta in Sydney’s west, and a 26-year-old man is in a critical condition after falling off the back of a ute in Sydney’s CBD.

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