Gas cylinder explosion at Vietnam restaurant injures two

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Two people were rushed to hospital with severe injuries after a gas explosion at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.


A large gas cylinder for cooking and a small cylinder for a refrigerator were found burned at the popular Hoang Ty restaurant on Nguyen Huu Cau Street, District 1, after an explosion on the third floor of the restaurant at around 9:30 a.m.


Le Thi Thuy An, a 22-year-old waitress, and Nguyen Dang Tuyen, the 26-year-old gas filling technician, were injured.


Additionally, the restaurant's glass windows were damaged and the restaurant sign was broken. Two other small cylinders were thrown by the explosion onto the street, but no harm was done.

Initial investigations indicate that Tuyen caused the explosion while filling the refrigerator cylinder.

Police have besieged the restaurant for further investigation.


Early this month, a domestic gas cylinder explosion in Hanoi collapsed a three-story house, killing two children and leaving the parents severely burned.


The accident has drawn public attention to the hazards of gas cylinders and their lax management.


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