Tropical Storm Bavi forces cancellation of two firework shows in northern Taiwan

Market in Caoli Fishing Port, open-air movie in Ruifang District also taken off program

New Taipei City has canceled Saturday evening's fireworks in Tamsui. 

New Taipei City has canceled Saturday evening's fireworks in Tamsui.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City and New Taipei City announced Saturday (Aug. 22) they were canceling separate firework shows planned for the Dadaocheng area and Tamsui District’s Fisherman’s Wharf due to sea warnings in place for Tropical Storm Bavi.

While the storm is not expected to hit Taiwan directly, torrential rain, strong winds, and flooding were reported in several parts of the country Saturday. The two major firework events had been expected to draw thousands of onlookers to the western part of the capital and to the north coast to mark Chinese Lovers’ Day, which falls on Aug. 25.

A market planned at Caoli Fishing Port Saturday and an open-air movie screening in Ruifang District scheduled for Sunday (Aug. 23) have also been canceled, CNA reported.

The fireworks in Tamsui would have been launched from ships, but due to rough seas it would be impossible for the vessels to sail out, city officials said. In order to safeguard the quality of the event and the safety of onlookers, they said it is better to cancel the event.

Taipei said it would consider rescheduling the Dadaocheng fireworks to a later date, depending on the circumstances, CNA reported.

By 2 p.m. on Saturday, the eye of the storm was located 150 kilometers east of Hualien and moving in a northerly direction, slowing from 14 to 11 kph per hour, the Central Weather Bureau said. The sea warnings are in effect for waters east and north of Taiwan.

Updated : 2020-12-02 03:33 GMT+08:00