No Double Tenth Day firework show this year: speaker
There will be no firework show during the Double Tenth Day celebration this year out of safety concerns, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Friday.
Wang, who also serves as chairman of the Double Tenth Day Celebration Organizing Committee, said that Kaohsiung, the city to host this year’s firework celebrations, reported to him several weeks ago that it did not want to stage the show, to which he agreed in principle.
He said that the Kaohsiung city government had offered three possible locations for staging the show, but after careful assessment, it expressed misgivings about the safety of the three locations and added that it lacks the funds to stage the event.
The issue of funds can be resolved, but as the city government has concerns about safety, it is only natural to make safety the priority concern, Wang said. On whether to change the host city, Wang said that in the wake of the colored powder explosion at a water park in New Taipei in late June, “I think it is bet- ter not to stage the show this year, as the public still is not psychologically comfortable” with the idea.
The dust explosion has claimed 11 lives so far. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s latest report released Aug. 10, 269 of the nearly 500 victims of the incident remained hospitalized, 117 of whom were in intensive care units.