Fireworks responsible for destruction of Chinese ancient gate

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Zhengding
China

Fireworks marking the New Year have destroyed a 1600-year-old city gate in the ancient walled city of Zhengding, northern China. The fire, which took place on the 19th February, gutted the 5th century structure, which underwent conservation in 2001. No injuries or loss of life was reported in the fire, which has caused financial losses, estimated by the China Daily newspaper at one million yuan.