Easter Fires lead to fines

Man dressed in Easter costume was holding a basket with a bottle of schnapps at scene of fire.


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April 14, 2020 - 9:21 AM

BERLIN — Police in Germany say a man dressed in a rabbit costume has been fined for lighting a fire in his garden to celebrate Easter.

So-called Easter Fires are a common practice in German-speaking countries. But many authorities have temporarily banned them to discourage people gathering outside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Police in the western city of Unna say officers were called to a suspected fire Saturday and found the 63-year-old, dressed in a rabbit costume holding a basket containing a bottle of schnapps. 

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