Firecracker smugglers feel heat as Tet nears

Fire-crackers were detected in Hai Duong province recently. (Photo: VNA) Quang Tri (VNA) – As Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches, firecracker smuggling is again “hot” in the border areas. Several tonnes have already been seized by customs authorities as they head across the border into Vietnam. Police, border guards and market managements in the central province of Quang Tri and Quang Binh provinces have been seizing tens of cases of Lao-made firecrackers. On December 30, more than 150kg of fireworks were discovered in Quang Tri province’s Lao Bao township, according to border point officials. Earlier, provincial police stopped a suspicious car in Vinh Linh district and discovered nearly 300kg of firecrackers. The driver, Nguyen Tan Tan, 32, confessed that he bought the goods at Huong Hoa district of Quang Trị province to sell in Quang Binh province. Border guards also arrested two people for allegedly transporting 163kg of explosives for sale at A Ho village in Thanh commune on December 25. In Quang Binh province, police have seized more than 3.7 tonnes of different types of firecrackers. Smugglers are using more and more sophisticated tricks to transport banned products into Vietnam, said Colonel Phan Thanh Quang, head of Police Office in Huong Hoa district. The Government has banned firecracker production, trade and use since 1995. However, every year there are reports of illegal firecracker smuggling and subsequent accidents in the days ahead of the Tet holidays. Colonel Quang said the Police Office also sent officials to hot spots such as… [Read full story]


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