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Less bang for buck

By Li Ying and Wang Shutong (Global Times)

10:15, January 10, 2012

The Year of the Dragon is fast approaching, but those who want to mark the event by creating more fire than the fiercest dragon might be somewhat disappointed. Owing to new government regulations released by the Beijing Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision on December 31, 2011, this year's Spring Festival will see a lot less fireworks.

The regulations are threefold; they dictate where fireworks can be bought and let off, as well as what type of fireworks can be used. Certain venues have been barred as firework launch pads, such as construction fields and high-rise buildings. Beijing residents are also banned from buying and transporting fireworks from neighboring provinces to Beijing. Over the past few years, residents have often bought cheaper fireworks from Tianjin and Hebei province, even though this has been illegal for a while. A man surnamed Ju told us he always bought fireworks from outside of Beijing because "the fireworks in Langfang city, Hebei province, are exactly the same product, but one fifth cheaper." However, from November 2011, public security bureaus of nearby cities jointly launched a campaign to stop the illegal activity. "Some fake or low quality fireworks may cause security problems," statements from the public securities bureaus said.

Meanwhile, the inner cylinder fireworks, which used to be the most popular fireworks among Beijingers, have been banned, due to the fact that they create a double explosion. This generates more noise and danger apparently. "This is for people's security," said Yu Bo, a director from Panda Fireworks, one of China's biggest firework producers. "Every year several people get hurt by lighting fireworks and firecrackers. Fireworks that explode twice have much more gunpowder and therefore much more power."

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