All Vietnamese who have legal capacity can light up fireworks for some special events such as Lunar New Year festivals, birthdays, and wedding ceremonies, pursuant to an amended government decree that will take effect on January 11.
The government issued Decree No. 137 on November 28 on the management and use of fireworks, adding some specific situations where citizens are allowed to use fireworks on personal occasions.
As per Article 17 of the decree, all institutions, organizations, enterprises, and individuals with legal capacity are allowed to light up fireworks during public holidays like Lunar New Year festivals, the death anniversary of Hung Kings, National Day (September 2), the Dien Bien Phu victory anniversary, and Reunification Day (April 30).
It is worth noting that the fireworks allowed are the kind that will not explode.
Fireworks displays will also be permitted for birthdays, weddings, conferences, grand openings, anniversaries, and cultural activities.
Other events will be subject to approval of the prime minister.
The decree will come into effect on January 11, 2021.
Both organizations and individuals are required to buy fireworks from authorized factories and enterprises under the guidelines of the decree.
In addition, the decree also stipulates behaviors that are strictly banned in the management and use of fireworks.
Vietnamese law prohibits all of activities related to the production, trading, transportation, import, export, storage, and use of firecrackers and fireworks and materials thereof, except for some specific cases.
Apart from that, prohibited acts include illegally producing, trading, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, and using fireworks and firework materials.
The decree excludes enterprises and organizations that are under the control of the Ministry of National Defense and authorized by the government to research, produce, import, export, supply, transport, and use fireworks.
People can use fireworks produced or imported by the Ministry of National Defense or authorized organizations for firework displays.