The Beijing authorities have suspended the sale of a brand of
air freshener that has reportedly triggered three explosions.
The air freshener, going by the brand name of "Fengying", is
under investigation after a canister exploded on Thursday
afternoon, injuring a shop owner.
Chai Yanhua, who runs a shop in the city's eastern Shunyi
district, need eight stitches on his face and ten on his hands
after a canister exploded in his hands when he was stacking his
"I heard loud blast and then I could see nothing. I felt my face
and realized it was bleeding," Chai said.
Two similar incidents were also reported.
"The air freshener may probably have quality problems, which
caused the explosion," said Cao Zhongsheng, an official of the
Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce.
"The continuous high temperature these days also contributed to
the explosion as it caused the propellant to expand drastically,
creating a huge pressure which was too much for the canister to
contain," he added.
The air freshener is now under examination at Beijing's quality
All the distributors in the city of the Fengying spray have been
told to recall all the canisters they have sold.
"We have started a thorough overhaul in the city's supermarkets
and shops and department stores," said Cao.
The main product of Hebei-based Jizhong Hualian Fine Chemicals
Co., Ltd., the maker of the air fresheners, is pesticide. The
company began to produce air fresheners one year ago.
(Xinhua News Agency June 10, 2007)