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Fireworks factory explosion kills 6 in Vietnam

October 12, 2013

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say an explosion at a military-run fireworks factory has killed at least six workers and injured 10 others.

The online newspaper VnExpress quotes Maj. Gen. Le Quang Dai, the military chief in Phu Tho province, as saying the bodies of six workers were pulled from the wreckage after the explosion Saturday morning.

He says the explosion is under control.

A local police officer told The Associated Press that the explosion could be heard 10 kilometers away and it leveled some houses and shattering glass windows in others. He spoke anonymously because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The factory is the only facility in Vietnam that produces fireworks to be used for Lunar New Year festivals and other major public events.

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