An explosion at a fireworks factory in northern Thailand has injured 11 people, including an unconfirmed number of children. The injured have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Nation Thailand reports that the explosion at the fireworks factory happened in the Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon, July 24. The blast occurred shortly after 12.00 midday, with the entire factory severely damaged, along with vehicles and homes within a 500 metre radius.
The mayor of the sub-district of San Pu Loei says firefighters had to stop people from entering the area due to the presence of potassium, which could trigger further explosions. Satit Khamnorkaew went on to say that officials have opened a centre to assist those affected, adding that there had been a previous explosion at the same factory around 6 or 7 years ago.
Thongchai Kannika from Doi Saket Police Station says a witness named only as “Pongsiri” claims the explosion occurred as a result of a spark from an electric cutout falling on a fireworks storage area.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand