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Old 02-10-2009, 05:13 PM
Location: rain city
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BEIJING -- National broadcaster China Central Television said an unauthorized fireworks display organized by one of its employees set off a blaze that destroyed a 44-story building next to its iconic new headquarters in Beijing, in a statement that included an apology for the "great loss" to "national assets."
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Fire authorities in Beijing said the fireworks were high-explosive devices that were set off illegally Monday evening during celebrations to mark the end of the Lunar New Year holiday. One firefighter died after inhaling toxic fumes while battling the fire and seven other people were injured.

CCTV Apologizes for Fire - WSJ.com
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Old 02-10-2009, 05:17 PM
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:43 PM
Location: Hong Kong
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I don't know why people think fiery explosions in small, flammable spaces is a good idea. It's a particularly popular pastime in China. In the past few months I can recall nightclubs in Shenzhen & Thailand going up in flames after fireworks were let off indoors, both with atrocious death tolls; a fireworks barge going up in flames on HK harbour at lunar new year and now the CCTV building!
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