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Thrifty fireworks lessen China's smog pain

(Xinhua)    09:25, February 01, 2014
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A woman walks past firework paper wastes in Tianjin January 31, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

China sees less smog during the lunar new year celebrations, as people have shown "quiet" support for the government call for fewer fireworks.

Most of the megacities reported less air pollution, good visibility and less noise on the eve of China's Spring Festival. The Spring Festival falls on Friday this year.

Beijing's air quality on the eve of the Spring Festival was "much better" than last year with the average PM 2.5 reading between 140-160 micrograms per cubic meter from 6 p.m. on Thursday to midnight.

The municipal environmental monitoring center said that last year, Beijing recorded its highest ever reading (over 1,000) after a firework frenzy on the lunar new year's eve.

The capital also had fewer fires and injuries on Thursday nigh