Upset by two red smog alerts this year, city authorities will further limit the use of fireworks during the Spring Festival next year to three days, one day less than this year.
To minimize the impact of fireworks on air quality, fireworks will be allowed only in a few designated areas. More places will be covered by the fireworks ban. Sales of fireworks will also be cut from 10 days to four days.
Heritage sites, cultural institutions, residential communities, schools, hospitals, railway stations, and airports are made fireworks-free zones.
If air pollution reaches the level of orange alert or red alert, the city will impose a sweeping ban on fireworks. A publicity campaign will be conducted before the festival with street banners and distribution of leaflets.
Officials said offenders will be punished with a fine of 100 to 500 yuan (US$81) and even detention. Those who report violations to law enforcement officials will be rewarded.
Because of official restrictions, debris from Spring Festival fireworks decreased from 138 tons in 2013 to 113 tons this year.
Source: Hangzhou International Center