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Fireworks ban for leaders’ summit

FIREWORKS have been banned and restrictions placed on remote control aircraft for an upcoming summit of Asian leaders in Shanghai.

Delegations from nearly 40 countries and international organizations will be in the city for the Shanghai Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.

The gathering on May 20 and 21 will be chaired by President Xi Jinping.

As part of security measures, officials have announced that the sale of fireworks and large-scale firework displays are prohibited until May 22.

Residents are encouraged to report to police any sales and large-scale events featuring fireworks and firecrackers, with rewards for tipoffs that prove correct.

Officials also said remote control model aircraft and boats will be banned in some areas during the summit.

Other restrictions include designated road lanes and times for vehicles carrying dangerous goods such as guns and ammunition, explosive substances, toxic chemical and radioactive isotopes.

They will be allowed on 14 roads into Shanghai from 10pm to 6am before May 17, and banned from entering the city from May 18 to 22.

Amateur private and campus radio and wireless equipment such as private intercom systems also face restrictions.

Last week, security checks at Shanghai’s two airports were upgraded and from this week all passengers and baggage will be tested for explosive materials.

The Asia conference was launched in 1992 and has 24 member states accounting for nearly 90 percent of Asia’s territory and population.


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