Around 20 tons of fireworks debris was cleared from the streets by over 200 sanitation workers in Sanya, Hainan on the first day of the lunar new year.
A total of 138 cities across China banned fireworks this year as concern over air pollution and personal safety has risen in recent years, while another 536 cities have set limitations on usage of the explosives.
Beijing cut firework usage by nearly 40 percent this year and halved the time period during which fireworks could be legally sold and purchased.
Last year it took workers in the capital over 16 hours to sweep all 40 tons of fireworks debris from the streets after the new year celebrations.
The celebratory explosives were expected to be particularly rough on the lungs this year in Beijing, which received little to no wind from Wednesday through today. “The fireworks will generate a huge amount of pollution in a short time, increasing the density of sulfur dioxide and PM2.5, the major airborne pollutants,” Li Yunting, the head of air quality at the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center, told China Daily.
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