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Chinese safety agency to overhaul use of fireworks component 2008-11-07 20:32:24 Print

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said on Friday it would start a special overhaul on potassium chlorate, a chemical widely used for producing fireworks.

The administration said misuse of the chemical was the major cause of fireworks-related accidents. Relevant authorities should keep records of all purchases, sales and use of the chemical to prevent accidents.

A SAWS official said the administration conducted random inspections of fireworks producers and distributors every year. These inspections covered about 5 percent of all producers and distributors in the country.

Province-level work safety departments also carried out similar checks on more than 20 percent of firework units in each provincial region.

He said results of the overhaul and penalties on companies that had misused the chemical would be released later.

Last month, a fireworks technician died in an explosion outside a park in Shanghai when he was loading fireworks on to a truck.

On Sept. 20, a nightclub fire left 43 people dead and 88 injured in south China's Shenzhen city. The fire began when a performer set off fireworks during a show.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia

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