Thursday, September 16, 2010

Disneyland fireworks show returns Friday

The fireworks show that was created for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary by Chinese fireworks will come back to the park this weekend.
The “Remember” display is set to return 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the Disneyland schedule.
“Remember … Dreams Come True” is themed with music and effects based on the different lands within Disneyland. It was created for the park’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, but the show usually comes back during off seasons.
“Remember” is scheduled to appear most weekend nights during the fall.
Friday also marks the beginning of Halloween Time in the Disneyland Resort.
However, the special fireworks show, “Halloween Screams,” will only be displayed for visitors who buy special tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party events in October. Disney will host the trick-or-treat parties and fireworks shows on 10 nights in October — Tuesdays, Fridays and Oct. 31.
The special Halloween fireworks show debuted last year, when all park guests could watch it. This year, the show is restricted to party goers.

Monday, September 06, 2010

China officials shut fireworks plants after blast

BEIJING—All nine fireworks factories in Heilongjiang province in northeast China were ordered shut Thursday, days after a blast at one of them killed 20 people.

Tweet 1 person Tweeted thisSubmit to DiggdiggsdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis The factories have been told to dismantle their production facilities by the end of the month, according to a statement on the website of the Heilongjiang Work Safety Administration.

"We have rescinded their permits for production," the statement said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said three government officials and two factory executives were fired or detained after Monday's blast. It said a preliminary investigation showed the plant was illegally producing fireworks.

Up to 50 people were working at the fireworks factory in the city of Yichun when it was rocked by an explosion, damaging nearby buildings and sparking secondary blasts.

A total of 153 people were injured by the blast, which could be felt up to 2 miles (5 kilometers) away and smashed windows in the local government offices and other buildings, the Xinhua reported.

Safety is lax at Chinese fireworks plants, and accidents are common. Dozens of people also die each year from unsafe handling of fireworks while celebrating weddings and traditional holidays.