An explosion at a fireworks manufacturing facility in Thailand has killed not less than 23 folks, officers within the nation say.
Rescue employees on the scene – some 60 miles north-west of the capital, Bangkok – mentioned no survivors had been discovered.
The reason for the blast in Suphan Buri province is below investigation, however police confirmed there had been a earlier explosion on the manufacturing facility, in November 2022, during which one employee died.
Pictures posted on social media confirmed a thick plume of black smoke rising over the scene of the blast in an in any other case unoccupied rice subject.
It got here lower than a month earlier than Chinese language New 12 months in February, when demand for fireworks is robust.
The workplace of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who’s in Switzerland for the World Financial Discussion board, distributed a video exhibiting him being instructed over the cellphone by the regional police commander that there have been 20 to 30 employees on the manufacturing facility on the time of the explosion and that none of them may very well be discovered.
The disaster occurred lower than a yr after a big explosion at a fireworks warehouse within the south of the nation killed not less than 10 folks and wounded greater than 100, in response to officers.
That explosion in Narathiwat province was in a residential space and broken about 100 homes inside a 500-metre (1,640ft) radius.