Fireworks and crackers officially went on sale in Beijing from February 10, the 25th day of the twelfth lunar month, as the 2018 Year of the Dog approaches.
This year, the sales of combination fireworks are prohibited, so traditional crackers in strings are the main products with the selling price kept stable to 2016.
During the Spring Festival of 2018, Beijing will open 87 firework and cracker sales outlets, a year-on-year decline of 82.97 percent. There will be only four in Chaoyang District, one in Haidian District and there will be none set within the Fifth Ring Road and designated banning areas.
As many as 75,000 boxes of fireworks and crackers have been stocked up, a 55.9 percent decrease from 170,000 boxes last year.
According to the newly revised “regulations on the safety management of fireworks and crackers in Beijing”, fireworks and crackers are banned from setting off within the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing.
Meanwhile, all districts in Beijing have announced its banning and restricting areas, with administrative centers and heavily-populated areas basically classified as banning areas in each district. In restricting areas, fireworks and crackers are banned from setting off except during the 24 hours of Chinese New Year’s Eve and the first day of the first lunar month and the period from 7 am to 12 pm per day from the second day to the 15th of the first lunar month. Fireworks and crackers will be banned from selling and setting off in the whole city of Beijing during the period when an orange or red alert for heavy air pollution is issued.