Twin blasts kill 11 people

Explosion at pyrotechnics expert's home

Twin blasts kill 11 people
Bodies of victims are laid out at a local temple reporter, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

February 25, 2013

Twin explosions at the premises of a movie special effects expert killed 11 people and destroyed three homes in Ho Chi Minh City.

Witnesses said the two powerful blasts occurred in the early hours of Sunday at the home of Le Minh Phuong, a pyrotechnics expert for the Lac Viet film studio in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.

Phuong stored much of his movie equipment, including explosives, at the house.

He and his family members were asleep at the time of the blast. Firefighters later found 10 bodies buried under the wreckage. They included Phuong, 58, four of his relatives and five neighbors. Another neighbor later died in hospital. Two other people were injured.

“I heard powerful blasts and saw three houses collapse while flames and smoke shot high into the air,” said a neighbor also called Phuong.

She said the explosions also damaged roofs and windows of many houses nearby and shook homes within a 500-meter radius.

Police are still investigating the exact cause of the explosion.