Hanoi - At least seven people died early on Saturday in
an explosion at a fireworks factory within a military complex, state media
The explosion prompted the evacuation of about 2 000
people living near the Z121 military facility, around 120km north of Hanoi,
police said, adding incident was yet to be brought under control.
"At least seven people have died and more are injured
in the explosion," the official Vietnam News Agency reported, without
providing details on the number of injured.
Residents in Thanh Ba district - where the complex is
located - said they felt the ground shake in repeated explosions, the VNExpress
news site reported.
"The fire and explosion are ongoing. Firemen and
soldiers have not been able to get access," policeman Pham Quang Minh told
AFP from near the accident site.
"About 2 000 people around the Z121 factory have
been evacuated," he added.
One local resident told AFP that locals have fled to the
Viet Tri township, about 40km away, fearing further damage.
"We have received warnings from authorities that
there could be further explosions, which could be very destructive," he
said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
No information on the cause of the explosion was
In 2010, fireworks being prepared at Hanoi's My Dinh
stadium for use in the city's 1 000th anniversary celebrations exploded,
killing three foreigners and one Vietnamese national.