...And update on the Thailand blast:
"The accident killed 11 people, critically injured one, and left six others missing. It also damaged 10 nearby houses.
Ayutthaya Police Chief Col Atthaphol Dedduang said Somboon, as the registered factory owner, could face charges of recklessness causing death.
Police have yet to locate Somboon. It remains unclear whether he was at the factory when it blew up."
FACTORY EXPLOSIONS: Senior official punished for negligence
Click link above for full article from Bangkok's Independent Newspaper...
Other fireworksrelated explosions in Tailand (from same page as above) :
Explosive situation: Fireworksrelated explosions since 2000
"March 27, 2004
StaffSergeant Sunthorn Thaneeniam, 47, is seriously injured while allegedly producing fireworks at a twostorey shophouse in Udon Thani. The explosion
also damages the building’s glass front door and items contained within.
April 22, 2003
An explosion at a fireworks factory in Chachoengsao kills factory owner Jaru Sritaengon, 43, and critically injures employee Boonyuen Upitak, 31.
Two pickup trucks and two motorcycles in the factory’s car park are completely destroyed. Two neighbouring houses are also damaged.
November 14, 2002
Several employees are seriously injured as staff panic during an explosion in a fireworks factory in Nan. The factory is just a stone’s throw away
from an Army arsenal.
November 14, 2002
An explosion erupts at another fireworks factory in Nan, injuring five people and damaging a pickup truck and a motorcycle.
October 10, 2002
A 52yearold man is killed and his wife and daughter injured when his home explodes in Bang Na. The family produced fireworks at their house and moved
the explosive items near an oven following a flood.
The blast also damages more than 10 houses in the community.
May 15, 2001
An explosion rocks a fireworks factory in Ratchaburi’s Photharam district.
February 7, 2001
Three people are injured in a house in Ayutthaya’s Bang Ban district after a smoker accidentally lets cigarette ash fall onto fireworks.
December 24, 2000
An explosion at a fireworks factory in Phitsanulok kills one person and injures 50, two of them seriously.
November 8, 2000
An explosion at a fireworks stall in Samut Sakhon’s Mahachai market kills two people and injures 84, 12 seriously. The blast also destroys 20
motorcycles, a car and a pickup truck, and damages a hotel"
Thou shall not play with firecrackers...
[edit on 2004/10/6 by Hellmutt]