Nice Returns to Fireworks, Two Years After the 14th July Attack

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Fireworks over the Bay of Angels in Nice, July 14, 2014.

After the 14th July 2016 terrorist attack that killed 86 people on the Promenade des Anglais, the city of Nice decided to reconnect with the tradition of fireworks

Nice will resume Saturday with the tradition of fireworks, interrupted since the attack of July 14th, 2016 on the Promenade des Anglais which had killed 86 people on the night of the national holiday.

Some 30,000 people are expected on the occasion of the port festival, according to the mayor who has scheduled a free pyrotechnic show from 10:45 pm.

These fireworks will be composed of several colourful paintings, dynamically chained, on a background of pop music and dance.

Maximum security

The public, part of which will be on a platform in the extension of the Promenade des Anglais, will be filtered by access guarded by security agents for bag control and metal detection. Security measures now ritual in a city that seeks to intensify its event policy to support its tourist attendance.

Since the attack, Nice had decided not to organize anything on the Promenade des Anglais as a sign of mourning, but after a year popular events of all kinds have resumed, marathon, cycling race.

Only the carnival, organized at the end of February-beginning of March thanks to the support of the State, has not resumed its quarters on the famous boulevard of waterfront emblematic of the city and is now confined to the promenades around Place Massena, sheltered by blackout panels.

In April, the town hall announced that fireworks would be fired again on the Promenade des Anglais for the national holiday of Bastille Day, from 2019, but on the 15th July, not the 14th as it was traditionally the case until in 2016.

The drama of July 14th
On July 14th, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice, caused the death of 86 people who came to watch on the Promenade des Anglais at the traditional fireworks of the National Day, by cutting them with a rental truck, before being shot by the police. The attack was claimed two days later by the Islamic State group.

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