Date
24 October 2017
Fireworks light up a residential neighborhood in To Kwa Wan. A box of used firecrackers (right) sits on the ground. Photos: Apple Daily, Headline Daily
Fireworks light up a residential neighborhood in To Kwa Wan. A box of used firecrackers (right) sits on the ground. Photos: Apple Daily, Headline Daily

Neighborhood fireworks cause sleepless night in Kowloon

Can you have a Victoria Harbor-style fireworks extravaganza in your neighborhood?

Okay, maybe a smaller version, but apparently you can.

One such brazen display caused so much uproar in a residential area in To Kwa Wan police were called to investigate.

Another jolted residents near a Tai Kok Tsui luxury residential estate from their sleep, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

The illegal pyrotechnics shows lasted less than two minutes each around midnight Tuesday, but they were powerful enough to keep many residents up for the rest of the night, the report said.

In both locations, the perpetrators had left when police arrived.

In To Kwa Wan, officers found a box of used firecrackers with the name of the manufacturer, a company in Hunan province. 

The box contained 100 empty tubes. 

Police said the Tai Kok Tsui fireworks could have been lit from a boat after finding no traces of explosives on the ground.

An employee of the manufacturer said the pyrotechnics were not meant to be shipped to Hong Kong and were probably smuggled in.

He said the product had been tested and passed safety standards.   

Illegal possession of firecrackers is an offense in Hong Kong.

Offenders face a fine of up to HK$25,000 (US$3,223) and six-month imprisonment.

Setting off firecrackers without a permit or inducing others to do so is subject to a HK$2,000 fine.

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