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Deadly explosion at Suphan Buri fireworks factory kills all 23 workers

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Another explosion at a fireworks factory in Thailand has killed all 23 employees at the facility in the central province of Suphan Buri, just north of Bangkok. The explosion happened at around 3.30pm yesterday, January 17, at a factory in the sub-district of Suan Taeng, according to media reports.

It’s understood workers were assembling fireworks when a huge explosion flattened the building, instantly killing them all. Rescuers have reported that the force of the blast disintegrated everyone inside, with body parts being found 50 metres away and in nearby rice fields. Identifying the victims is proving difficult, they add.

According to local villagers, the factory usually has about 30 people working there, but yesterday there were 23 inside.

PM Srettha Thavisin, who is on an official trip to Davos, Switzerland, has been notified of the incident, sending his condolences to the families. The PM has also expressed shock at the high death toll and instructed the Interior Ministry to ensure any injured people receive proper treatment.

The provincial governor has confirmed that nobody in the factory survived the blast.

Meanwhile, Traisulee Traisoranakul from the Interior Ministry says the factory is located far from residential areas and had just had its annual licence renewed in August of last year.

The authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Nation Thailand

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