Vietnam police seize 1.8 tons of Chinese firecrackers

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Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh seized more than 1.8 tons of illegal firecrackers Tuesday in one the largest busts this year.

They were tipped off by local residents about the firecrackers being loaded from a boat into a car at around 2 a.m.

They said the boat had left by the time officers reached the spot, and the two people in the car fled upon seeing them.

But the vehicle hit a dyke, and the two fled on feet, leaving their cargo, which was made in China across the province's border.

The police said they failed to apprehend the two men since it was dark.

Investigations are continuing.

Vietnam banned the production, trade, and use of firecrackers in 1995, but an illegal trade seems to be flourishing of late.

Traditionally, fireworks were let off to mark the Lunar New Year. In major cities, authorities do it on 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 letting off fireworks is legal, and this has fueled smuggling into Vietnam's northern parts.

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