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Tire-puncturing nails found on Ho Chi Minh City roads after Tet break

Monday, February 22, 2021, 19:22 GMT+7
Tire-puncturing nails found on Ho Chi Minh City roads after Tet break
Tire-puncturing nails are collected from a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A large number of tire-puncturing nails have been found at multiple locations in Ho Chi Minh City, affecting commuters following the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, these nails have been spotted at such hotspots as An Phu Dong 2 Bridge in District 2, Vuon Lai Intersection in District 12, Ba Diem Intersection in Hoc Mon District, and sections of National Highway No. 1 in Binh Tan District and Thu Duc City.

A man collects tire-puncturing nails along National Highway No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man collects tire-puncturing nails along National Highway No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

“The Tet holiday just ended last week and these tire-puncturing nails have been spread on multiple routes to force commuters to use nearby vehicle repair services. They have also become much more difficult to spot,” Nguyen Van Thanh, a 42-year-old resident, said, referring to the Lunar New Year festival.

Thanh, who hails from the southern province of Tay Ninh, has been collecting these nails along National Highway No. 1 to ensure safety for commuters over the past years.

It can be very dangerous if motorbikes run over these metal objects, especially at night, Thanh stated.

Tire-puncturing nails are collected from a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are collected from a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities remove these nails from local streets on a regular basis but the situation has yet to improve, if not becoming more serious.

These objects usually appear before and after major holidays, when travel demand rises, said Pham Thoai, who lives in District 12.

“I hope that authorities will take assertive measures to deal with this issue,” Thoai added.

Tire-puncturing nails are found on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are found on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are found on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are found on a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man collects tire-puncturing nails along National Highway No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man collects tire-puncturing nails along National Highway No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are collected from a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Tire-puncturing nails are collected from a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tire-puncturing nail is found on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A tire-puncturing nail is found on a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike has a flat tire after running over nails on a street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike has a flat tire after running over nails on a road in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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