Producer denies fault in Vietnam rare cigarette explosion

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A tobacco producer Monday said there was no mistake in its production line that could be blamed for the explosion of a cigarette that injured a man in the central province of Quang Nam last week.

Nguyen Thi Tuong Anh, director general of Khanh Viet Corp., which manages the Khatoco cigarette factory in the central province of Khanh Hoa, announced the conclusion of her company's inspections at a press briefing that day.

However, police are still investigating the cause, she said.

Anh said the corporation has assigned people to meet the victim, Nguyen Xuan Ly, 29, and to cooperate with local investigators to learn more about the incident.

According to Anh, if investigators conclude that the producer was at fault, they will compensate the victim.

Asked about the statement by Le Tien Anh, director of the Khatoco Trade Co. who said Ly probably staged the incident to get compensation, the general director said it was "unofficial."


Exploding cigarette injures smoker in Vietnam

Ly claimed that he injured two of his fingers when the cigarette he was lighting exploded on December 12. He later told the press that the accident occurred when he had finished half of the cigarette, which was taken from a pack he bought at a café in Que Son District that day.

The case is being investigated.

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