Damp squib again for firework celebrations

Updated 2016-12-23 10:04:14 Shanghai Daily

Firework tradition is going to be a damp squib again this year.

Local residents wanting to buy fireworks and firecrackers to celebrate the Spring Festival as a Chinese tradition will find it harder to do so as the city will reduce business licenses and supplies to further curb pollution and security risks.

Business licenses for selling fireworks and firecrackers will be cut to only nine stores in suburban districts from 84 last Spring Festival, while the volume of fireworks and firecrackers will also be reduced from 50,000 to 3,000 boxes in 2017, authorities said.

All legally available fireworks will be inventory stock and no new products will be restocked from outside Shanghai.

Last year, the licensed vendors and supplies of fireworks were halved to 650 and 150,000 boxes respectively from 2014.

"Security is one of the most important things to ensure our residents to have a safe and happy Chinese New Year," said Jiang Ping, a member of the standing committee of the Party's Shanghai Committee.

He also pointed to the Tuesday blast at a Mexican fireworks market that killed at least 31 people.

Local police also released a notice yesterday to again remind the public about the local regulation of fireworks, which came into effect on January 1 and bans fireworks inside the Outer Ring Road on all days, and throughout the city during heavily polluted days.

Firework buyers are required to show their identity card numbers, addresses and contact information when buying fireworks.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58June 24 2017 01:27:37

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16June 24 2017 01:27:37

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18June 24 2017 01:27:37

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords