Man seriously injured in Vietnam firecracker explosion

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A young man was hospitalized in critical condition in central Vietnam after a fire cracker explosion Wednesday, the third day of Tet.

The 23-year-old, only identified by his initials P.V.V., was admitted to a Quang Binh Province hospital in deep coma with multiple injuries, including severe damage to his face and two broken hands, news website VTCNews reported.

Doctors conducted an urgent operation, removing two fingers on the left hand to save the hand, the report said.

V. had been using firecrackers and his neighbors heard a big explosion before finding him lying in a pool of blood at his house.

The man's condition stabilized later in the day.

The government banned firecracker production, trade and use in 1995 to prevent related injuries but people in Hanoi and nearby regions have picked up the trade again of late.

A firecracker explosion last month in Thai Binh Province, around 110 kilometers from Hanoi, killed the sister of local Doan Van Dung who was making them. The explosion that blew off part of the house also injured Dung and the woman's husband and daughter.

In many parts of China, the practice is legal, and this has fueled firecracker smuggling into Vietnam's northern provinces during the Lunar New Year holiday season.

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