The National Park Authority of Vesuvius on Friday asked Naples supporters to give up their plan, real or not, to celebrate the eventual title of Italian champion by lighting smoke bombs at the top of the crater, an “unrealizable” idea. .
In a statement, the Park Authority writes that it read "with great concern" that some Neapolitan supporters wanted to organize a "simulation of the explosion of Vesuvius at the top of the crater by lighting tricolor smoke there" if the club were crowned champions. from Italy on Sunday. Napoli will be crowned if they beat Salernitana at home and if their closest rivals Lazio Rome do not win against Inter Milan. The city of Naples, on which Mount Vesuvius stands, has been celebrating for weeks what would be its first Scudetto (league title) since the days of Diego Maradona.
Joke or not, the protectors of the volcano were keen to warn the tifosi: the Park Authority "considers this idea dangerous and impractical". The National Park said it wrote Wednesday to the authorities responsible for public order asking them to take "appropriate measures" to avoid intrusions into the protected area. The Commissioner of the Park, Raffaele De Luca, confirmed that no authorization for celebrations on Vesuvius had been or would be issued.
"The crater of Vesuvius is a fragile and inherently dangerous place," he said, according to the statement. "We are all happy with the victory of Naples, which brings honor to the region and will bring great joy to its citizens, but the celebrations must be limited to what is permitted under the rules of civilized life," he said. he adds. Vesuvius is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Its eruption in AD 79 destroyed the city of Pompeii, blanketing the entire area in volcanic ash.
The Vesuvius National Park was created in 1995 to preserve the fragile ecosystem around the volcano, whose highest peak reaches 1,277 meters.