Fireworks mortars have become a nightmare for residents of certain neighborhoods. The shots are diverted from their festive use, most often to attack law enforcement. However, since last Christmas, the law has become tougher. In his small Parisian fireworks shop as well, Christian Gacon must now ask customers for their identity card. He must also report to the police any purchase deemed suspicious. “Anyway, I don’t sell when I see that there is too much demand. When I see that it’s not a professional, I don’t sell. If we have any doubts, We need to notify the authorities.”he explains.
The merchant has even taken a drastic measure: he no longer sells any mortar since these firework candles are used for the sole purpose of seriously injuring. “It can go to death. It goes fast and then it’s powerful. It’s comparable to a bullet”he says, in the TF1 20H report at the top of this article.