Fireworks factory explodes, killing at least 23 in Thailand

At least 23 people were killed on Wednesday after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Thailand’s Suphan Buri province, about 120 kilometers north of Bangkok, emergency services reported.

The factory, located among rice fields and far from residential areas, was completely destroyed by the explosion, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. local time (08:30 GMT) and sent debris dozens of meters away, images on Facebook showed. by the Samaner Kaeo Road Rescue Association.

Public broadcaster Thai PBS, for its part, reported that at least 23 people were killed in the explosion, while others were seriously injured, according to the provincial hospital’s medical tally.

According to the emergency agency, about 30 people were in the factory at the time of the explosion, while rescue teams are searching the area for possible survivors and firefighters have already brought the flames under control after the incident.

Authorities are on site investigating the causes of the explosion, which are unknown at this time.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin sent his condolences via X (formerly Twitter) from the Swiss city of Davos, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.

According to some local media, the same factory already registered a fire in November 2022 that left one dead and three injured.

Thailand, with a poor factory safety record, has suffered several fatal accidents at fireworks factories.

In July 2023, ten people were killed and about a hundred injured in an explosion at a fireworks warehouse in the southern city of Sungai Kolok, near the border with Malaysia.

Source: El heraldo