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Explosive order: Fireworks a no-no for New Year

Phnom Penh Municipal hall yesterday issued a directive banning firecrackers, fireworks and all kinds of explosives during Chinese-Vietnamese New Year celebrations from January 22 to 25.

The direction, signed by Phnom Penh governor Kep Chuktema, orders authorities to strengthen safety, security and public order during the lunar new year.

“From now on, the authorities at all levels have to take firm measures against the import of fireworks, firecrackers and all kinds of explosives into Phnom Penh, and they have to seize those banned materials if they are sold in Phnom Penh,” Kep Chuktema said.

The directive also reiterated a strong stance against illegal, unlicensed gambling.

“If someone violates the directive to cause disorder in society, they will be punished through the law,” Kep Chuktema, adding that district and commune officials must broadcast the directive widely so people were well informed.

Vann Nary, Phnom Penh Municipal deputy police chief, said yesterday that police officials always protected the safety, security and public order in Phnom Penh, but paid closer attention to protection during Chinese-Vietnamese New Year.

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