The central government has sent inspection teams to 10
provincial regions to check the production safety of fireworks and
firecrackers, according to an announcement issued by the State
Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) on Wednesday.
The inspection will last from October 18 to 31, according to the
Illegal production of fireworks and firecrackers has been on the
rise, and in some places the local governments have not taken
effective efforts to crack down on illegal production, a SAWS
Statistics from the SAWS show that a total of 33 accidents
caused by unauthorized fireworks and firecrackers production have
killed 76 people during the first three quarters of this year.
(Xinhua News Agency October 19, 2006)