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Fines, detention for ignoring city ban on fireworks

SIX people were punished for violating the new fireworks regulations for the Outer Ring Road that came into effect on New Year’s Day, police said yesterday.

The new rules were introduced in an effort to curb pollution.

Two people who illegally stored fireworks have been detained, while 29 others were let off with just a warning and their fireworks confiscated.

A grocery store owner, surnamed Jin, was given five days administrative detention after police found firecrackers in his store at Dongning Road in Songjiang District. He did not have the business license for selling fireworks.

Another man in Minhang District was given a 15-day detention after police found 40 boxes of fireworks illegally disposed off by him.

The man, surnamed Chen, was issued a temporary license last year for selling fireworks but he still had 40 boxes of unsold products left when the license expired. Instead of returning them to the wholesaler, he stored them in an apartment in a residential community.

Four violators were fined 100 yuan (US$15) each for setting off fireworks — mostly for weddings — inside the Outer Ring Road.

One person in Jiading District became the first person to be fined for violation under the new rules.

The man, surnamed Jin, was caught setting off fireworks at Cao’an Road just 90 seconds after midnight on Thursday. Jin was fined 100 yuan and his unlit fireworks confiscated.

Another woman, surnamed Xu, was also fined 100 yuan as she insisted on setting off fireworks at dusk on January 1 for a wedding on Caoyang Road in Putuo District.

The seized fireworks have been moved a warehouse for dangerous goods.


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