Austrian teen killed in firework mishap

An Austrian teenager died trying to set off a powerful firework on New Year's Eve, police said Tuesday.

Austrian teen killed in firework mishap
Hundreds of locals and tourists gathered in downtown Vienna to welcome the New Year with fireworks. Photo: HANS PUNZ / APA / AFP.

The 17-year-old sustained fatal head injuries while he attempted to light the fuse, which malfunctioned and exploded at a party in Eberschwang in Upper Austria.

Police said they have launched an investigation to determine the origin of the device, which may not have been obtained legally.

Across Austria, around a dozen people were wounded in firework-related mishaps, according to officials.