Recently Sanya has asked its residents to set off fewer celebratory fireworks during the upcoming Lantern Festival, which falls on February 14, in a move to curb air pollution.

After an hours-long firework-ignition spree on the first day of the Lunar New Year 2014, the city’s AQI rating was 101, which was considered slightly polluted, at the Hedong and Hexi monitoring stations.

"To improve 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," said the local environmental protection authority.

To reduce accidents and the impact on citizens' lives, Sanya restricts fireworks within certain areas on public holidays.


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