Firecrackers, the Health and Safety way
Firecrackers were set off in front of the many doorways in Chinatown. there were severak grous of three experts who trundled around with a wire cage into which they would put a string of firecrackers and then, standing guard with water and poles the fireworks would be set off. Plenty of noise and smoke then the water man would douse the remains and so they would move on. I liked the contrast between the heavily protected operators and the crowds that would get as close as possible in there fine cosutumes. I do wonder what it would have been like years ago before Health and Safety got into the act.There are a few more pictures on my Flickr site here.
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