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China Might ban Fireworks for Chinese New Year

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by rocketsjudoka, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/...rks-at-chinese-new-year?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=7

    How smog could prompt ban on fireworks at Chinese New Year

    They go together like gifts at Christmas and chocolate eggs at Easter, but fireworks may be absent from China's New Year celebrations on Friday after state weather forecasters called for a ban on them because of heavy smog warnings.

    Riotous pyrotechnic displays often leave behind clouds over Chinese cities marking the start of the lunar calendar, but with smog expected to blanket central and eastern parts of the country from Thursday, the China Meteorological Administration called for local governments to ban them completely, according to the China Daily newspaper.

    "Firecrackers and fireworks can release large amounts of toxic gas and particles such as sulfur dioxide, which will cause severe air pollution regionally," their spokesman Chen Zhenlin told a news conference Wednesday, state news agency, Xinhua reported.

    The municipal government in the country’s capital Beijing also said it would suspend sales of firecrackers to citizens and impose a day-long ban on fireworks if air pollution reaches the worst levels on charts, the agency said.

    Air pollution readings spiked in the city earlier this month, registering over 20 times the recommended exposure levels suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive. Cosmopolitan commercial capital Shanghai has also suffered thick palls of smog this winter.

    Bad air pollution is common during the colder months as biting chills force the region’s coal-burning power plants to meet heating demands, while increased car usage and relentless construction also chokes the skies with dangerous particulate.

    Sales of fireworks have been flat so far in Beijing, the China Daily reported, as people heed the calls for clearer skies.

    "We have reduced the number of fireworks in the city by roughly 13 percent this year and we are not confident all our fireworks in stock will be sold," Wu Liyu, head of the Beijing Fireworks Co, told the paper.

    However Xinhua also attributed this to the launch of a frugality campaign by China's leadership in late 2012 and traders told the agency that sales in gold and a rare caterpillar fungus, traditionally given at this time of year were also down.
     
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    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

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    :( If it helps bring the smog levels down, let it be. I'd hate to lose the rights here in the 'States, but people have to understand that we have to take some drastic measures for our environment and our health. :eek:
     
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    shastarocket Contributing Member

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    Yeah right, that's akin to banning...fireworks on the 4th of July
     
  4. SwoLy-D

    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

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    Yes, because tradition is always more important than the ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH and HUMANITY. Yes. :rolleyes:

    How about only a few and only by the government? Would you be OK with that, mister patriotic?
     
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    shastarocket Contributing Member

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    ^ You wanna make a political gesture and ban fireworks for ONE DAY, be my guest. At least have the decency to introduce tighter regulations on the source of the OTHER 99% of smog/pollution
     
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    It's more than that because the firecrackers aren't just for celebration but also have a cultural / tradition behind them.
     
  7. Xsatyr

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    I am sure fireworks are the problem with their air pollution...
     

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