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Large fire in Shenzhen caused by Spring Festival fireworks

Posted: 01/29/2014 11:10 am

A kid playing with a firecracker caused a large fire in Meilin urban village in Shenzhen’s Futian District on Sunday (Jan. 26). Fortunately there were no casualties, Shenzhen Evening News reports. Two people have been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling the fireworks.

Meilin Police Station was called at 4:30 p.m. and told there was a fire in Meilin. When the police got there, they saw that a fire that had started on a first-floor shop had spread and caused a nearby canopy to burn down. It was swiftly brought under control and an investigation showed that the cause was a little boy playing with fireworks.

When they were searching local properties to find the cause, police found that a toy shop and a candy shop were selling fireworks that they kept hidden out back. Eleven boxes of fireworks were confiscated and two people were arrested.

Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau warned just last week that lighting fireworks, firecrackers or fire lanterns is banned in the city during the upcoming Spring Festival and people who buy pyrotechnics online will be held legally liable.

You can watch Spring Festival fireworks displays during the holiday at Window of the World, Splendid China Folk Culture Village, Happy Valley and OCT Bay. But if you’re in Shenzhen, don’t try this at home.

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