Authorities burned 3,410 illegal guns, 133,207 bullets, 18002kg of explosives, 182,566 detonators, 29,911 fuses, and 2,521 controlled knives in an eye-catching demonstration for residents of Gansu, Sichuan province yesterday morning.
The weapons had been seized by police over a period of five years since laws were introduced in 2011 prohibiting the ownership of firearms and explosives. The fires seem to have drawn a large crowd and the police can be seen in the photos guarding the stockpile with guns of their own.
Firearms are banned in most of China, with exceptions made for those with licences for hunting, and illegal ownership is punishable with sentences from three years in prison to the death penalty.
It’s not uncommon for Chinese authorities to stage mass destruction events such as this to show the efforts of their crackdown on illegal activity.
In May this year, over 600kg of ivory was publicly destroyed in Beijing before hundreds of diplomats and members of the media. In March, over 35 tons of counterfeit goods were pile up and set to be destroyed, but quick-acting residents managed to snatch up all the products before they were set ablaze.
by Daniel Cunningham