China reported 187 deaths involved in 87 fireworks explosion accidents nationwide in the first 11 months, according to the State Administration of Production Safety.
Both deaths and accidents dropped compared with the same period last year, the administration source said at a press conference Wednesday.
The period between Oct.1 and Nov. 30 saw relatively frequent occurrences of fireworks accidents, the administration said, adding that 10 accidents took place in the two months, killing a total of 37 persons.
The latest explosion happened on Nov. 27 in Wuqiang County, north China's Hebei Province, which killed 4 people and wounded 3 others at an illegal fireworks factory.
The administration blamed the frequencies of fireworks explosions on the rampant and illegal production of fireworks.
Nine out of the 10 accidents since October resulted from illegal manufacturing, it said.