Fireworks were set off outside the US consulate in Chengdu, China, on July 24, after authorities ordered it closed — the latest salvo in a growing diplomatic spat between the two countries.
Beijing’s announcement of the closure on Friday followed the Trump administration’s decision to close China’s consulate in Houston. That order was tied by the White House to what it said were attempts to infiltrate the medical and oil sectors in the US.
On Friday afternoon, locals set off celebratory fireworks outside the US consulate in Chengdu. This video, taken by a local resident, shows fireworks going off, as well as at least one man being led away by law enforcement. Some local reports indicated the fireworks were related to a wedding, though Storyful could not confirm this. Credit: Wang Yi Xiao via Storyful