A man has been arrested for lighting a string of firecrackers that was dozens of meters long at a wedding party in Hanoi.
Police in Soc Son District, Hanoi confirmed on Wednesday that they had apprehended and initiated legal procedures against Tran Van Khang, 41, for his alleged role in the incident.
Officers added they are hunting for another suspect in the northern province of Lao Cai to verify the origin of the firecrackers.
The violation was acknowledged by police officers after a video clip of Khang lighting a long string of firecrackers at a local wedding party surfaced on social media on Monday.
The firecrackers, a stream of explosives measuring dozens of meters long, were placed on the sidewalk in front of the house where the wedding took place.
N., the owner of the house, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he had organized the wedding party for his son.
N. asserted that his family was not involved in the incident, explaining that some of the guests had brought the firecrackers to the party.
|Tran Van Khang is currently being held at a police station in Soc Son District, Hanoi, March 4, 2020. Photo: Ha Linh / Tuoi Tre|
The chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung, has also ordered competent authorities to promptly probe the case and impose suitable punishments on those responsible.
According to Vietnamese law, lighting firecrackers is punishable by a fine of VND1-2 million (US$43-86), while those who illegally produce, possess, and trade the explosives can be fined up to VND10 million ($430).
People who light firecrackers can also be criminally charged, depending on the severity of the offense.
|Smoke from the firecrackers. Photo: Facebook Nguyen Van Son Trung|