Police Once Again Remind Residents on Firework Ban for the Lantern Festival
Shenzhen police is once again reminding residents of the fireworks ban on the upcoming Lantern Festival on February 24. The ban was implemented after fire alarms were reported during the Spring Festival holiday.
The alarms happened between February 9 to 16 in which the fires were caused by fireworks. No deaths or serious injuries were reported from the incidents, while to mountain fires were reported in Henggang. Police will be firm on its firework ban and to those who illegally transport, set off fireworks and sell will be punished. Those caught can be detained for up to 15 days and will be fines 2,000 yuan and the possibility of facing criminal charges if their fireworks are found to cause explosion, fire, injuries and property damages.
While the police acknowledged that it was hard to serve punishment to those who set off fireworks during the holidays due to shortage of police officers. Once the police arrive at the scene were dais fireworks were set off, the people responsible have already disappeared. By raising awareness of the dangers of fireworks, rather than punishing is said to be the goal of the firework ban. Fires created by the fireworks are disastrous especially in crowded areas in Shenzhen.
Setting off fireworks is part of the tradition in celebrating the Spring Festival, but several city governments have started to ban the fireworks in 1990 as a response to the fire dangers and the concern on air pollution.