Explosive news from the Shanghai Daily:
Residents are only allowed to light fireworks from 8pm to 6am on January 28 through February 2 during the Spring Festival, the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau announced yesterday.
The bureau also banned setting off fireworks on Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road and at Yuyuan Garden.
Only? Only from 8 pm to 6 am? Because what else would people possibly be trying to do during those hours. Anyway, we’re not going to try to change the way the Chinese celebrate the biggest holiday of the year — hence the earplugs … and maybe a trip to Thailand.
There’s also a hotline — 6232-2110 — to report the use of illegal fireworks. You get 20 yuan for every box of illegal fireworks seized. No, we’re not sure how to tell whether fireworks are illegal or not. And no, the story doesn’t mention if the hotline can be used to report people setting of fireworks outside the allotted hours.
You can download a map that shows what parts of the city have supposedly banned fireworks during Spring Festival. This makes Shanghaiist wonder, what are firecracker/fireworks restrictions in the city when it isn’t Spring Festival? Because there are some going off outside our window right now.