I guess some of you were out shooting rockets last night.
Then as now that can cause difficulties!
Danmark i 1668: Mand straffet for at skyde nytåret ind | Videnskab.dk
This is a story from 1668 about a tailor in the garrison town of Helsingør (you know, the fortress of Kronborg), who wanted to shoot in the New Year in the morning of 1st January 1668.
He did that in a good time honored fashion by pointing a gun (my guess is a blunderbuss
) out the door and shoot. He was immediatly approached by soldiers who asked whether he was the one who fired the gun.
The man, Christen Simmensen, merrily admitted, - Happy New Year. Whereupon the soldiers grabbed him and dragged him through the streets so that he lost one of his slippers. He was then sat on a wooden-horse with two weights attached to both his legs for an hour and a half. - A most unpleasant and with guarantee an instantly sobering experience!
(There is a picture of a wooden-horse in use, for those who are not familiar with the instrument).
Christen Simmensen was furious! That was no way to treat a good citizen, who had always paid his taxes. He was merely, as was tradition, shooting in the new year and by the way honoring the king too, as he pointed out in his letter of complaint to Frederik III.
Frederik III had become an absolute monarch just a few years before.
There is nothing on whether our tailor's complaint was dismissed or not.
It was most likely dismissed as this is the last example on record of private citizens litterally shooting in the new year in Denmark.