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Gov't mulls cancellation of fireworks show

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Government officials yesterday considered the cancellation of this year's Double Ten fireworks show in light of the Kaohsiung gas leak explosion disaster.

Reports indicate that Taichung City Deputy Mayor Tsai Bing-kun (蔡炳坤) explicitly said that this year's fireworks show should be canceled, while Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jing-pyng yesterday stated that he is leaning towards holding off this year's fireworks show. Wang however, reminded inquiring reporters that the NT$9 million earmarked for the event will be returned to organizing governing bodies, and may not be utilized for alternative allocations. Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu stated that he is assessing the matter, and that the decision over the Double Ten fireworks remains the jurisdiction of the central government.

Meanwhile, similar events scheduled in Taipei City's Dadaocheng (大稻埕) area, and New Taipei City's New-Moon Bridge (新月橋) have been canceled.

The Double Ten fireworks show has been canceled numerous times in light of catastrophic disasters including the devastation left by the 921 earthquake in 1999, Typhoon Nari in 2001, and Typhoon Morakot in 2009.

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