China Reduces Fireworks to Ease Pollution

As China welcomes the year of the snake, AP reports officials have urged people to tone down the lunar new year festivities. Companies have canceled banquets, and authorities have asked people to set-off fewer fireworks in an...

China Denies Radar Lock as Japan Mulls Data Release

On January 30th, according to the Japanese government, a Chinese vessel locked weapons radar onto a Japanese destroyer 180 kilometers north of the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. The incident prompted angry condemnation from...

Fireworks Truck Explosion Kills Drivers in Henan

Yesterday, a fireworks truck exploded on an expressway bridge in the central province of Henan, leaving at least nine dead. The New York Times reports: A truck laden with fireworks exploded on an elevated expressway in central...

The CDT New Year’s Gala

China celebrated the start of the Year of the Dragon with the customary televisual extravaganza and barrage of fireworks, as well as a less traditional burst of record-breaking microblog traffic. 481,207 messages were posted to...

2 Dead, 223 Injured from Beijing Fireworks

Xinhua reports on casualties from Beijing’s traditional New Year fireworks barrage: The dead, two men, were killed respectively in the explosion while setting off shoddy fireworks in the early hours of Thursday, the first...

China Urges Checks After Deadly Fireworks Blast

An accident from fireworks has killed 21 people and injured 48 in Puning, Guangdong on the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. From AP: The State Council’s Work Safety Commission said in a notice that authorities...

CCTV Building Fire Trials Underway

A year after the incident, a court in Beijing is hearing the case against 23 people accused of being responsible for the fire at CCTV’s new headquarter building sparked by New Year’s fireworks. From China Daily:...

China Detains Building Chief in TV Complex Blaze

The axe has begun to fall for Monday’s fire at the CCTV headquarters. From the New York Times: The police detained 12 people, including the chief of construction for the new headquarters of China Central Television, or...

South China Club Fire Kills at Least 43

Xinhua has reported on a nightclub fire in Shenzhen that has killed 43 people and injured 88 others: Among those injured, 51 people needed treatment and were being treated in hospital. All were in stable condition, doctors said....

Beijing Bans Fireworks During Olympics

From AP: Beijing has banned fireworks for more than three months this summer as part of a raft of new regulations designed to ensure strict security during the upcoming Olympic Games. Dealers will be forced to suspend sales in...

Chinese Fireworks Blast Kills 16 – BBC News

From BBC News: An explosion at an unlicensed fireworks factory in south-west China has killed at least 16 people and injured 15 more, state media has said. The blast happened early on Sunday morning at a workshop in Chongqing province ‘s Xiushan county, Xinhua news agency reported. Three houses were destroyed and at least one […]

Behind the Boom In Chinese Fireworks – James T. Areddy

From the Wall Street Journal: Across this sprawling, upwardly mobile country, towns proudly proclaim they are what they make. Wenzhou calls itself China’s Shoe Capital. Datang, a bit more modestly, lays claim to Sock City. And then there is Liuyang — Fireworks Capital of the World. Nearly all the celebratory explosions set off by Americans […]



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