Spring Festival fireworks cause more fires in Beijing

12:20, February 08, 2011      

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China's Spring Festival fireworks setting frenzy caused 194 fires in the national capital of Beijing in the first six days of the week-long holiday, which was 99 more than that in the same period of last year.

However, the fires were contained before they caused explosions, and most of them occurred outside the city proper, according to a circular issued by the Beijing Municipal Office on Fireworks and Firecrackers on Tuesday.

The office had previously reported two men were killed respectively in an explosion while setting off shoddy fireworks on Thursday, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The office's circular on Tuesday also confirmed that fireworks setting from Thursday to Monday had left another 388 injured in Beijing. One of the injured had received an eyeball removal surgery.

People within Beijing's Fifth Ring Road can set off fireworks all day on the Chinese New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, which fell on Wednesday and Thursday, but from the second day of the Lunar New Year fireworks are prohibited from midnight to 7 a.m. until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the first lunar month, and are completely banned for the rest time of a year.

The municipal authorities had mobilized a security patrol force of 840,000, including both police and civilians, to check firework-induced disasters during the national holiday.

Sources with the city government said the security patrol work would be maintained till the Lantern Festival.

Source: Xinhua


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