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What are pros and cons of having firecrackers during Tet again?

Update: June, 14/2013 - 10:46

It is still more than half the year until the next Tet, but some Vietnamese people have recently become excited by the possibility that they may be allowed to use quiet and non-explosive fireworks when the Lunar New Year celebrations return.

Ever since a Governmental official revealed at a press conference last month that a proposal was being considered whereby fireworks could be used for entertainment, many people have celebrated (although not with fireworks) about the possibility of celebrating Tet in traditional style.

Others, though, are less pleased by the announcement. They argue that it would be dangerous to re-introduce fireworks and the existing ban should continue.

The Government issued the ban on production, trade and use of fireworks in 1995 in an effort to reduce the high rate of mortality and injuries caused by them, after 71 people were killed and 765 injured during the previous Tet.

What do you think? Should fireworks make a comeback to make Tet truly traditional? Are they really necessary? Would they really be safe to use?

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