Man arrested in Hanoi for possessing 112 kg of firecrackers

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The Hanoi police said Tuesday they caught a man with 112 kilograms of firecrackers he was transporting aboard a public bus.

Hoang Hiep, 27, was taking them to Nghe An Province 200 km south.

He said he had bought it in Thai Nguyen Province near Hanoi for VND14.4 million (US$691).

Vietnam banned the production, trade, and use of firecrackers in 1995, but the trade seems to have picked up again of late.

Traditionally in Vietnam fireworks were let off to mark the Lunar New Year. In major cities, authorities do it on Lunar New Year's eve and other important occasions.

Smugglers apparently fill this demand gap in rural areas and small towns

In many parts of China, making and using fireworks is legal, and this has fueled smuggling into Vietnam's northern parts.

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