Blood Fireworks Industry: The Livelihood of Fireworks Workers

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We all know that China is the biggest producer and exporter in the world, it
makes the most gorgeous and colourful fireworks, Fireworks are so popular all
around the world, an astonishing data shows that 90 percent of the world come
from China!

The whole production process of fireworks and firecrackers is very complex,
so the main process is basically done by hand, the set up and operation
should be followed carefully for safe production, and the risk is no doubt
big, and what’s more, the whole industry in China, largely, is made up of
small and medium factories, Several cities and small towns of China have
illegal factories making fireworks, some illegal workshops even operate in
homes, so there are terrible security risks!

In recent years, the situation of safety in production of fireworks and
firecrackers is serious. The salary of fireworks workers is very low even the
work is dangerous, most of them are uneducated and unskilled, so they are not
qualified for other works, they live from hand tomouth.

When beautiful fireworks light up the sky of our city in celebrations, we
will be looking up at the same sky that children lost their parents and
people lost their loved ones because of fireworks explosion.

Liuyang Fireworks Enterprise with Export Orders End the High-temperature Shutdown Early

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The Liuyang Production Safety Committee Office issued a statement which permit certain
enterprises to end the high-temperature shutdown.

The statement says that the resumption consists of three steps, and the enterprises must
follow the procedures and policies. Export enterprises with good safety conditions and no
production accidents in two years can start working inorder to fulfills the orders, other
enterprises which got approvals with no security risks can start working without gunpowder
from August 25, and the rest enterprises must comply with the laws and regulations.

There are two types of enterprises that will not get approvals and shall not engage in any
production activity´╝îwhich consists of enterprises without work safety licenses and also the
ones under administrative punishments.

Lan Juan, the head of Liuyang Municipal Meteorological Station says that it will be a
sustained high temperatures during the following month.

Cai Guo-Qiang and His Art of Fireworks

 

 

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Cai Guo-Qiang is a contemporary Chinese artist who lives in American, he created a Black
Lightning display for the reopening of Aspen Art Museum on August 2.

This was a daytime show, with a thunderous crash, a dark bolt of lightning suddenly apeared
above the mountain nearby the museum.

Cai is a famous artist around the world, he is also the director of visual and apecial
effects for the Beijing Olymipics opening and closing ceremonies.

His another work, One Night Stand: Explosion Event, was organized by the city of Paris. The
event is a conceptual pyrotechnic which took place on the 5th of October, 2013.

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One Night Stand: Explosion Event for Nuit Blanche 2013, Paris

Cai’s artwork is basically based on fireworks , he created a fireworks rainbow acrossed the
New York city at the opening of MoMA PS1.

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Transient Rainbow 2002, MoMA

Fireworks Safety

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Fireworks Safety and Common Sense

It’s time! the 4th of July is right around the corner…send out the invitations, get the pools opened and ready, clean the BBQ grills and, Oh yeah! decide where your going to buy your fireworks for the party! With that decided, let’s talk about fireworks safety and common sense. There are several groups trying to interfere with your freedom to celebrate our nations freedom as our Fore Fathers have for 200 years. Their biggest argument is simple, fireworks are dangerous, fireworks can seriously injure you, so they think that Americans should not be allowed to use them. They want to protect you, from you!

We prefer to look at data and facts, something the anti fireworks crowd seems to leave out of their advertisements and lobbies. Here are some recent Fireworks Facts posted by the American Pyrotechnics Association showing that although the amount of fireworks used in the USA has increased from 29 million pounds in 1976 to 265 million pounds in 2007, that the number of injuries has dropped from 38.3 injuries per 100,000 lbs in 1976, to 3.7 per 100,000 lbs in 2007. Looking at emergency room statistics, riding bikes and outdoor sports are responsible for many more annual injuries than fireworks!

Fireworks construction and reliability have greatly improved over the years attributing to the declining injury rates so what can we do while celebrating the holiday to contribute to the trend? Use common sense! Some fireworks such as sparklers can burn at over 2,000 degrees and aerial shells can cover a large area of the sky, here are some common sense tips to insure your celebration ends with great memories and your guests looking forward to next year, instead of a trip to the emergency room.

1. Never use fireworks if you have been consuming alcohol, leave it to a sober responsible person.
2. Never allow young children to use fireworks unsupervised, hide and secure left over fireworks from youngsters.
3. Always follow label instructions.
4. Distance is your friend, before lighting any firework look around, if it tips or something goes wrong are Grandma and the baby a safe distance away?
5. Secure all repeater and tube devices to prevent tipping, fireworks can travel much farther along the ground than straight up in the air!
6. Always be aware of fire hazards such as dry grasses, fields, brush etc. It’s a good idea to have a hose at ready, if not available a simple pump type garden sprayer can douse a small fire before it spreads.
7. Use a launcher with all rocket type fireworks, we recommend a piece of sturdy metal pipe, NEVER glass and preferably not plastic or PVC, and it’s a good idea to slightly angle away form spectaters to prevent sticks from falling back into the crowd.
8. After your display, always check the area for unfired devices and NEVER leave them out for kids to find.
9. Respect your neighbors, stop shooting at a agreeable hour for the event.
10. Finally, clean up your mess! It never hurts to grab a rake and trash bags the following morning to remove any debris from adjoining properties, they will appreciate your efforts and be less likely to complain.