Suphan Buri, Thailand – An explosion at a firework factory on Wednesday resulted in the death of around 20 people in Suphan Buri province, located about 120 km north of Bangkok. Police reported that the explosion took place mid-afternoon, and authorities are currently inspecting the site but have yet to find any survivors.
The cause of the incident is not immediately clear, and a preliminary investigation put the death toll at 20, with many others injured. Provincial governor Nattapat Suwanprateep stated, “We cannot tell whether all the workers were killed. The officials are entering the site to investigate. They have not found any survivors.”
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was briefed on the explosion and has urged for a swift investigation. “The prime minister ordered an inspection of the plant to see if it was operating legally and if the explosion was caused by negligence. The law must be enforced to the fullest extent because there are innocent deaths and injuries,” Srettha’s office said.
This tragic incident has raised concerns about the safety and regulation of factories in Thailand. The investigation into the cause of the explosion will be crucial in determining if proper regulations and safety measures were in place at the firework factory.
The death toll and extensive injuries from the explosion highlight the immediate need for authorities to thoroughly inspect and enforce safety regulations in factories to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The community is mourning the loss of lives from this tragic event, and authorities are expected to provide updates as the investigation into the explosion progresses.