World War II bomb detonates as scrap metal workers try to open it with blow-torch
At least seven warehouse workers were killed and many more injured as they attempted to cut open a suspected World War II bomb with a blow-torch in Bangkok.
At least seven warehouse workers were killed and many more injured as they attempted to cut open a suspected World War II bomb with a blow-torch in the Thai capital on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Reuters report.
Workers at a construction site in northern Bangkok found the 227-kilogram shell and sold it to a scrap metal warehouse.
“The warehouse workers thought the bomb was no longer active so they used a metal cutter to cut into it, causing the explosion,” local police chief Virasak Foythong told the AFP.
When the warehouse workers unknowingly attempted to cut open the bomb with a blow-torch, a massive explosion was triggered, leading to at least seven deaths and another 19 injuries.
A huge fire ensued after the blast. The warehouse was badly damaged, exposing the structure’s steel framework. The Bangkok Post reported that several nearby houses were also torched by the explosion. The blast also created a large crater, three-metres deep and four-metres in diameter.
Allied troops had rained down bombs on Bangkok in 1942. The Thai capital was used by the Japanese as a springboard to invade Burma and Malaya during World War II.
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