Chinese fireworks take heavy toll

Poor quality fireworks blamed for scores of injuries during New Year festivities.

    Chinese around the world have been
    welcoming in the Year of the Pig [AFP]

    However, last year Beijing and several other cities eased the rules, restricting fireworks to certain parts of the city and for only a brief 30 minute period.

     

    But few of Beijing’s residents seemed to follow the rules.

     

    According to the Xinhua news agency city officials saw a surge in substandard fireworks on sale this year, confiscating 560 m this year, four times as many as were seized in 2006.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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