BEIJING, China (AP) -- At least 125 people were injured setting off Chinese New Year fireworks Sunday in Beijing, where the noisy tradition has made a comeback after a ban was lifted, state media said.
The official Xinhua News Agency cited police as blaming the injuries on shoddy firecrackers that had flooded into China's capital city this year.
The fireworks were part of celebrations marking the start of the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which began Sunday.
Xinhua described three of the injuries as serious; one person's eyes had to be removed.
An official with Beijing's Tongren Hospital said 44 people has been admitted with eye injuries from setting off fireworks, the agency reported.
It said that 114 accidental fireworks-caused fires were reported in Beijing, but that the blazes caused no injuries.