Sunday, February 18, 2007

Chinese New Year: The Aftermath

AP reports:
  • At least 125 people were injured setting off faulty Chinese New Year fireworks Sunday in Beijing; three of the injuries were serious.
  • One person had to have his eyes removed.
  • There were 114 accidental fireworks-caused fires in Beijing.
  • Nationwide: Accidental fires from fireworks killed 63 people in China over the holiday last year.
  • Fireworks sales (by government-approved vendors) hit 380,000 boxes this year ( compare to the 240,000 sold last year).
  • About 560 million illegal firecrackers were seized (more than four times the amount confiscated last year).

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