New Year’s Eve fireworks are likely to blame for a fire that scorched the eastern slope of Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland, mbl.is reports.
According to park rangers who discovered the damage when they returned to work after the holiday, the fire most likely went out by itself. “There was no damage to the infrastructure,” the rangers wrote on the Environment Agency of Iceland’s Facebook page. Moreover, “...damage to vegetation was negligible, as there are no trees and bushes in this area, although there is a great deal of dry grass. It’s very dry and there’s little, if any, snow in the area at the moment. As such, it’s important to be careful with fire—particularly on sensitive, vegetated land.”
Setting off fireworks is a popular and longstanding New Year’s Eve tradition throughout Iceland. It’s one that’s been the subject of much debate recently, however, with critics raising concerns about the environmental and health impact of fireworks, among other things.