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'Warzone' Berlin New Year video goes viral

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'Warzone' Berlin New Year video goes viral
New Year's Eve, Berlin style Photo: Screengrab
14:54 CET+01:00
Sometimes it's hard to explain to outsiders just how crazy Berlin goes on New Year's Eve.

Now you don't have to, as a Youtube video documenting a 20-minute car ride through the capital at midnight on New Year's Eve has gone viral, showing just what a war zone Berlin becomes - for one night of the year, at least.

Whilst London, Edinburgh and Sydney have organised firework displays, in official locations, with health and safety regulations, and crowd control, Berlin...er...doesn't.

Instead, a chaotic free-for-all on every street ensues, with normally sober, and sober-minded, Germans letting their hair down and their firecrackers off.

The result is something that literally has to be seen to be believed - which is perhaps why this video has notched up nearly 70,000 views in the 24 hours since it was put online by the user Boris Niehaus and spread across social media.

The journey, seemingly in one take, goes from Warschauer Bridge in the east of the city, through the hotspot neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln.

In fact, this year there were no reported deaths or serious injuries in the capital, although that was not the case across Germany as a whole.

A 19-year old was killed in Freiburg , in Saxony, and his friend injured, when an illegally-bought firework exploded, causing fatal injuries. His 17-year old friend was severely injured.

In Alveslohe, Schleswig, another teenager, this time 18-years old, was killed when a firework thrown by someone else hit him in the head.

Many of the most dangerous fireworks on sale in Germany in the week between Christmas and New Year are manufactured in Poland but illegal in Germany. The are nonetheless easy to find on the black market or in the numerous temporary pop-up firework shops that cater for the New Year market.

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