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After protests, some Chinese cities lift fireworks bans ahead of Lunar New Year

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Authorities in some Chinese cities have lifted fireworks bans in the wake of nationwide protests and ahead of Lunar New Year on Jan. 22, while some authorities have doubled down on the ban, punishing local residents for setting off fireworks as an example, according to Chinese media reports.

Local governments in Dongying and Binzhou cities in the eastern province of Shandong have announced via their official websites that fireworks and firecrackers will be allowed to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

And authorities in Beijing and the northeastern port city of Dalian will allow fireworks within limited hours until the first month of the lunar calendar, the government-backed news site The Paper reported.

But it added that many other places had made it clear that the original fireworks ban will remain in place.

“In the past few days, a lot of places have announced cases of [people punished for] illegally setting of fireworks as a warning,” it said, citing administrative penalties handed out by police in Wenzhou city in eastern Zhejiang province, Sihong city in the eastern province of Jiangsu and in Jinzhou city in the northwestern province of Liaoning.

It quoted county officials in the northern province of Hebei as saying that the ban would continue, and as scotching “fake news that setting off fireworks and firecrackers can disinfect the air and kill the COVID-19 virus.”

The online news service Red Star said that in the southwestern city of Ya’an alone, eight districts and counties all have different regulations on fireworks at Lunar New

Authorities in some Chinese cities have lifted fireworks bans in the wake of nationwide protests and ahead of Lunar New Year on Jan. 22, while some authorities have doubled down on the ban, punishing local residents for setting off fireworks as an example, according to Chinese media reports. Local governments in Dongying and Binzhou cities in the eastern province of Shandong have announced via their official websites that fireworks and firecrackers will be allowed to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. But it added that many other places had made it clear that the original fireworks ban will remain in place.

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