Man injured in central Vietnam after illegal firecrackers go off

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A man was hospitalized Tuesday in the central province of Nghe An with his hands injured in what police believe was an explosion while he was illegally making firecrackers.

News website VnExpress said police checked the room of Nguyen Duy Khanh, 24, and found the explosion had left blood splattered on the furniture.

They also found 17 kilograms of unfilled firecracker containers, a sack of powder suspected to be gunpowder that caused the explosion, and an unidentified liquid.

Khanh, who belongs to neighboring Ha Tinh Province, studies in a college in Nghe An.

Vietnamese used to let off fireworks to mark Lunar New Year until it was banned in 1995.

But illegal manufacturing and smuggling seem to be flourishing of late to fill the demand gap, with a lot of fireworks smuggled in from China where they are legal in some parts.

A Lao Dong newspaper report said police in Hanoi found Tuesday nearly 500 kg of firecrackers on a passenger bus coming from the border province of Cao Bang and headed for the Central Highlands.

Vietnamese police have arrested 2,173 people and seized 27,558 kilograms of illegal fireworks in the last two years.

They said most of the smuggling occurs at year end, just before the Lunar New Year.

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