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Double 10 fireworks in limbo after plane crash, gas explosions
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-25 04:01 PM

The National Day Organizing Committee (NDOC) under the President’s Office says that the nighttime fireworks show ordinarily scheduled as part of the celebration of Double Ten on October 10 may be cancelled this year as a sign of respect to the victims in the TransAsia Airways plane crash in Penghu and the gas explosions in Kaohsiung last month. The NDOC will make a decision on September 1 as to whether the fireworks show will be held. One alternative may be to move the fireworks part of the activities to Taichung in central Taiwan, away from the main events in Taipei.

Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Chwen-ching said the organizing committee will review the policies followed after the 921 earthquake and Typhoon Morakot when the National Day fireworks and many other celebrations were cancelled to honor the memories of those lost in the disasters. Chen added that at present it does not appear that all National Day activities will be cancelled.

Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng will chair the committee in making its decision on September 1.

In the somber atmosphere following the explosions in Kaohsiung many DPP legislators advocated scrubbing the National Day fireworks. After several weeks, however, a number of people have suggested that with the passage of time it might be acceptable to stage the fireworks away from the main celebration, with some suggesting that holding the fireworks show in Taichung might help tourism in that area of the island.

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