A 59 year old man, serving as a civil defence volunteer at a Chaiyaphum temple fair, has been killed instantly after picking up a seemingly half-lit giant fireworks pipe that then blew up in his face. Chaiyaphum is in central Thailand, north-east of Bangkok.
The incident took place at Wat Ban Muang Kao in Kaset Sombun district last night.
The annual temple fair is held to celebrate the community’s revered monk, the late Luang Phu Ton, who was born during the reign of King Rama III, said deputy inspector Pol Lieutenant Jetsarit Jamnongnit of Kaset Sombun Police Station.
The fireworks exploded in the man’s hands at 9pm on Monday.
The 59 year old victim Riang Phetchnam was identified as a civil defence volunteer at tambon Ban Han, who was helping temple fair organisers in clearing and cleaning a firework-lighting spot near the temple fence.
As the area was noisy and the fireworks-lighting spots were located far apart, it took others a while to discover Riang had been killed and to alert the police.
SOURCE: The Nation
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