Air pollution prompts Beijing to restrict fireworks - The Standard: Air pollution concerns have prompted Beijing authorities to ask residents to set off fewer fireworks during the upcoming Spring Festival.
"To improve the air quality and create a favorable environment for you and your family members, please set off fewer fireworks or no fireworks, in order to reduce emissions of pollutants," an official with the Beijing Office on Fireworks and Firecrackers said Friday, Xinhua news agency reports.
The official said the office has closely followed Beijing's air quality reports and issued the proposal to citizens via media.
Setting off firecrackers and fireworks during the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 10 this year, is an old tradition.
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