The first day of the Lunar New Year the Year of the Dog, 02/16/2018. The Firecracker Ceremony lights 600,000 firecrackers to ward off evil spirits. It is believed that the person who launched the first firework of the New Year will obtain good luck.
2003 Mayor Bloomberg reversed the Giuliani 1997 ban on firecrackers during the Lunar New Year celebration, allowing a ''pyrotechnic display'' in Roosevelt Park.
Dozens of cites in China have outright banned lighting fireworks, as cities fight a losing battle against relentless, toxic air pollution.