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Phuket officials inspect fireworks shops following Narathiwat tragedy

PHOTO: National News Bureau of Thailand

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has tasked officials with inspecting all fireworks shops on the island, following a devastating explosion in the south of the country. Twelve people died in an explosion and fire at a fireworks warehouse in Narathiwat province on Saturday, July 29.

But Phuket officials have often reminded locals and tourists that purchasing and letting off fireworks are illegal anyway…

“Phuket officials have issued another reminder that setting off fireworks or setting alight sky lanterns in public areas, namely beaches, remains illegal and is punishable by fines, or worse.” – The Phuket News

At least 118 were injured in Narathiwat’s Saturday explosion, 10 of whom remain hospitalised with injuries to their faces, heads and bodies. In total, over 200 families have been affected, with houses and up to 300 buildings in the vicinity totally destroyed or significantly damaged.

The explosion wiped out, or severely damaged, properties in a radius up to 300 metres.

Narathiwat explosion, Thailand

Narathiwat explosion, Thailand – Bangkok Post

On Sunday, July 30, officials from the Mueang Phuket District Office visited 11 fireworks shops in the district and carried out safety checks. Fire and safety procedures were checked at each shop and operators were warned to exercise caution when transporting fireworks to ensure public safety.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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