Fireworks banned on Galapagos islands

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The authorities in the Galapagos Islands have banned the sale and use of fireworks.

The move has been announced to help protect animals.

Fireworks that produce light but no sound have been excluded from the ban.

Conservationists say that animals suffered from elevated heart rates, trembling and anxiety after pyrotechnic events. The authorities also said that fireworks caused many injuries every year, particularly among children.

The Galapagos are located about 1000km off the coast of mainland Ecuador.

The campaign against fireworks began in 2017. The measure, which takes immediate effect, bans transportation of fireworks to the islands as well as their sale or use.

Thousands of people visit the islands every year, drawn by its biodiversity and pristine environment.

Single-use plastics have also been banned on the islands, which have a population of 25,000 people.

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