Ecuador has banned most fireworks in the Galapagos Islands due to potential damage to wildlife caused the sounds and concussions from explosions. Recent research by British scientists concluded that heart problems and nervous stress were the primary effects.
Officials announced the ban on Friday, just days before New Year’s celebrations that traditionally see fireworks exploding across Latin America.
Lorena Tapia, president of the Government Council of Galapagos, says that the new rule bars the entry, sale and distribution of any fireworks that cause noise on the archipelago’s 13 main islands and at least 17 islets that lie about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) out in the Pacific.
She added: “This is a gift for Ecuador and the world to the wildlife in the Galapagos,”
Officials say luminous pyrotechnics that do not produce any sound will still be allowed.