Public backs easing of fireworks ban, poll finds

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am


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Hong Kong people want the chance to set off fireworks to celebrate the Lunar New Year, a survey has found.

The New Forum telephone poll of 405 people found that more than two-thirds would support any government move to allow the public to set off fireworks in designated areas over the holiday.

Some 42 per cent would take part in such activities if the ban, introduced after the 1967 riots, was relaxed. Twenty-four per cent said their participation would hinge on the venue and timing.

Eighty-one per cent felt easing the ban would add to the festive atmosphere and 71 per cent said it could create a new tourist attraction. Nearly 40 per cent said the government ought to select three or four sites as pilot venues, with the old Kai Tak airport site the most preferred venue, followed by the West Kowloon Cultural District and Tamar site.

Survey spokesman Dominic Chan Choi-hi said fireworks activities at designated venues, dates and times could complement the New Year activities of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, which could charge an admission fee and use the proceeds for charity.

The Culture, Leisure and Social Affairs Committee of the Central and Western District council, of which Mr Chan is a member, will discuss the proposal today.