A building set to house one of Beijing’s most luxurious hotels – The Mandarin Oriental scheduled for opening later this year was engulfed in flames from fireworks celebrations to mark the first full moon since the Lunar New Year.. Reports suggest that the fire may have been caused by the fireworks staged by China Central Television (housed in an adjacent building) to mark the end of the Lunar New Year. Some reports also suggest that the hotel had actually been used during the Olympics and the finishing touches were being put in place.

Question…how could a hotel that was almost complete and schedule for opening very soon go up in flames so easily? Did the security equipment such as sprinklers not operate? Were there highly flammable materials on the roof that resulted in disaster? Or as suggested by many online conversations… was the hotel roof itself being used as a launchpad for fireworks!