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43 killed in firework accidents in China Spring Festival

February 6, 2014

A total of 17,760 fires broke out during week-long New year festivities in China, leaving 43 people dead and causing property losses of USD 8.4 million according to the Government of the People's Republic of China.

The mortality was mostly caused by neglecting of safety precautions. Firework displays are traditional between the chineses as they believe it will bring them prosperity and good fortune for their business. Despite any fireworks are prohibited by the authorities, the citizens continue to break the law every year. Fireworks are usually installed near houses, offices, on roads and pavements.

In Vietnam, 250 people died during the celebration of the New Year Festival.