Police in Hanoi on Wednesday rescued a 5-year-old boy and arrested his father who stranded him in their house which he was ready to explode, allegedly under hallucinations from using methamphetamine.
The man, identified as Nguyen Trung Luong, 42, has been detained, alleged of threatening to murder.
The police deployed about 50 officers to the three-story house in Gia Lam District in the afternoon after Luong's neighbors reported that he had locked the door from inside and held his own son hostage on the second floor.
He had intentionally poured ten liters of gasoline onto the floor and released flammable cooking gas into his house, according to the police.
He armed himself with a sword which he used to smash his television set and other interiors.
Another police photo shows the man has smashed the TV screen inside his house.
When the police arrived, Luong threatened to blow up the house.
An Thanh Binh, the district police chief, negotiated with Luong to distract him while other officers entered the house from the roof and the backdoor to take the boy away from Luong.
Luong agreed to open the door three hours later, and was arrested immediately.
Initial investigation suggested that he was hallucinating after taking meth the previous day.