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5 killed in China in Lunar New Year fireworks accident

AP  |  Beijing 

Authorities say five people have been killed in southern after an explosion at an illegal stand.

Reports Sunday say the operator of the stand in the southern region of Guangxi has been formally arrested on the criminal charge of causing an accident through the use of dangerous articles.

Those killed in Tuesday's accident included three children and two adults.

Prosecutors say the stand's operator, identified only by his surname, Zhang, was negligent in storing the in a pile outside his grocery, leaving them prone to being easily ignited by a spark or stray cigarette.

has cracked down heavily on the production and sale of fireworks, formerly a major part of celebrations for the Lunar New Year, which this year fell last week.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 08:45 IST