New year in Asia called Chinese new year, Tet in Vietnam. Fire crackers used to be one of the most important items that every family needed to have to celebrate until about 10 years ago.
Nowadays, due to numerous accidents which killed many people, the government has banned their use. Fire crackers can damage your body when they explode. Some people make firecrackers themselves at home using paper and powder bought from the market. I actually made a huge one at home when I was young and I was really scared when I heard the noise, but it's very exciting.
With Tet coming, people are trading in fire crackers from China in an illegal ways by hiring people to carry them over the border or by boat along the river. Students are the main target customers. The police have stopped many people and confiscated thousands of tons of crakers but there is another million tons of crackers being sold in Hanoi and around Viet Nam. The noise is happening throughout the day, almost every day.
There are many stories of little boys throwing something into the middle of street, waiting for the bang, then running away down the alley and of course noone knows who did it. The victim is left on the street and needs to be taken to the hospital if it's serious. Even if not, he or she has to spend money to repair their motorbike and buy medicine for the injury. There have been hundreds of people who have lost their arms, eyes and some other parts of their body through playing with fire crackers.
This needs to be stopped because it affects innocent people walking around or driving on the streets.
Labels: Traditional Culture