Illegal firecrackers kill 54, injure 11,440 over holidays

There were 54 deaths from firecrackers between January 31 to February 8 – 11 times of last year's death toll over the Lunar New Year holiday, according to the health ministry.

There were also 11,440 accidents over Tet this year compared to 77 at the start of the Year of the Tiger. 

Hanoi’s Hospital 103 treated 13 firecracker victims over the holiday period, compared to six cases last year, Doctor Hoang Cuong said. 

Most of the accidents resulted from firecrackers being thrown at the victims, he added. 

Meanwhile, the health ministry said there were no new outbreaks of infectious diseases over Tet.