Fireworks explode at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A coalition of local NGOs in collaboration with the Interior Ministry have called for an awareness campaign on the dangers of fireworks Wednesday, urging the implementation of stricter regulations in light of an increasing use of rocket and cracker fireworks recently.The groups reiterated the need for stricter protocols surrounding the use of fireworks and called for the import of firework crackers to be controlled and the establishment of specific time slots for setting off fireworks.The Interior Ministry in collaboration with local municipalities released a memo in 2012 that stressed the need to ban the use of cracker fireworks and set up a framework regulating their use.
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