China's capital Beijing is banning fireworks of all types during a more than three-month period around this summer's Olympic Games.
The order extends an existing ban in the city center to the capital's sprawling suburbs, where many of the Olympic events are being held, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.
Dealers will be forced to suspend sales and store their stock in specially designated warehouses from July 1 to Oct. 8, Xinhua said.
The ban is the latest in a raft of security measures ordered to ensure the Aug. 8-24 games go off without a hitch. Some of those have drawn the ire of the IOC, foreign residents, sponsors and broadcast rights holders, including increasing scrutiny over visas and limits on live coverage in Tiananmen Square.