Lu­nar New Year event fa­tal for 18 in China

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

BEI­JING – Au­thor­i­ties say 18 peo­ple died dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day.

An ex­plo­sion at an il­le­gal fire­works stand left five peo­ple dead in the south­ern re­gion of Guangxi. Re­ports Sun­day say the op­er­a­tor of the stand faces a charge of caus­ing an ac­ci­dent through the use of dan­ger­ous ar­ti­cles. Those killed in Tues­day’s ac­ci­dent in­cluded three chil­dren and two adults.

Ac­ci­dents on icy high­ways in cen­tral China left at least 13 dead as mil­lions of fam­i­lies were head­ing home af­ter their cel­e­bra­tions.

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