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Fireworks banned to protect wildlife

QUITO: Fireworks have been banned on the Galapagos Islands to protect the archipelago's unique fauna, the local government said on Friday. The local council said in a statement that it had agreed "unanimously a resolution that prohibits the importation, sale, distribution and use of fireworks or pyrotechnics in the Galapagos province." Those fireworks that produce light but no noise have been excluded from the ban. The islands are home to thousands of residents as well as being a tourist destination, and the measure…

Pakistan, rest of the world welcome 2018 with new hopes and ambitions!

KARACHI: Tonnes of fireworks were set off in different cities of Pakistan as the clock struck midnight to welcome new year of 2018. People in all major cities of the country prayed that 2018 will usher the country into a new era of prosperity and peace. Security measures were ramped up as a large number of revellers took to streets to celebrate this occasion. Spectacular shows of bangers left viewers mesmerized. Families enjoyed food while youth were making merry with bike riding stunts and fireworks.…

Indonesia fireworks factory blaze kills 46, injures dozens

JAKARTA: At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air. Many of the charred corpses of victims were found clustered at the back of the factory in an industrial complex in Tangerang, police said, indicating there may have been a panicked rush to flee the flames. "We are still evacuating victims... there are 46 body bags. The evacuation is ongoing,"…

Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban

NEW DELHI: New Delhi was shrouded in a thick toxic haze Friday after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks sent the air quality plummeting despite a ban on sale of fireworks aimed at thwarting a repeat of an 'airpocalypse'. India's Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of the Hindu festival of lights to prevent a repeat of last year's post-Diwali air pollution crises that left Delhi's 20 million residents gasping for weeks. But late Thursday the readings for the pollutants hovered around 1,100…

Sky roars with fireworks as 70th Independence Day celebrations begin

KARACHI: Sky roared with fireworks as clock ticked 12:00 am to begin celebrations of 70th Independence Day of Pakistan on 14th August. The highest flag of South Asia and eighth highest in the world was hoisted at Wagah Border in Lahore. Meanwhile, fireworks celebrations were held across Pakistan in all the cities. All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been tactfully decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.…

Pakistan, rest of the world welcome 2017 with fireworks

PAKISTAN/WORLD: Welcoming the year 2017, youths took to the streets in all major cities of Pakistan and resorted to aerial firing and fireworks with dance on latest tunes. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEOS- BURJ KHALIFA AT BOTTOM Families are enjoying food while youth is making merry with bike riding stunts and fireworks despite heavy deployment of police in Lahore and Karachi. Karachi is witnessing youth coming out on the streets in large numbers and engaging in fireworks. Bahria Town Icon saw the city's best fireworks.…

Mexico fireworks market blasts kill at least 31, injure scores

TULTEPAC: A series of massive explosions destroyed a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people, injuring dozens and leaving the market a charred wasteland. Television images showed a flurry of multicoloured pyrotechnics exploding into the early afternoon sky as a giant plume of smoke rose above the market. Fireworks detonated in a peal of clattering bursts reminiscent of a war zone. It was the third time in just over a decade that explosions have hit the popular San Pablito…