Police in Vientiane Capital Destroy Banned Fireworks

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Police in Sikhottabong District, Vientiane Capital have destroyed fireworks that were imported illegally into the country.

Lt. Col Somcith Phongsavanh, Deputy of the Economic Police Department, said during the police broadcast that the police destroyed imported fireworks weighing over 600 kg.

After residents in the district informed the police about local shops selling illegally imported fireworks ahead of the Lunar New Year, law enforcement officials stepped in to seize and destroy them.

This came soon after the notice issued by the Mayor of Vientiane on Monday to prohibit the importation, production, or possession of any kind of firecracker.

According to the notice, individuals who process firecrackers would face a fine of up to LAK 100,000 per 100 gm. The use of firecrackers, on the other hand, will result in a fine of LAK 500,000 per firework.

Vientiane Capital Department of Information, Culture, and Tourism announced earlier this week announced that it will inspect entertainment venues to ensure they close after midnight.