7 dead after suspected WWII bomb explodes in Bangkok
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:05
April 2 - Seven people die from an explosion of an old bomb which was sold to a recycle warehouse in northern Bangkok. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Firefighters in Bangkok are putting out the flames at a warehouse where officials say workers tried cutting open a suspected World War II bomb with a blow torch.
The attempt by the scrap metal workers caused an explosion, killing at least seven and injuring 19.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) PRESIDENT OF WAT SAI COMMUNITY, NUTTANAN PANTHONG, SAYING:
"The construction workers were urging the warehouse to cut the bomb into pieces which caused the explosion. They wanted the money."
Officials found pools of blood and body parts scattered on the floor of the warehouse with charred twisted metal laid everywhere.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL SUPERINTENDENT, POLICE COLONEL KAMTHORN UICHAROEN, SAYING:
"We believe the bomb dates back to the Second World War and weighed about 227 kilograms. As they probably didn't know what to do, they used a gas-torch to try to cut open the bomb."
Allied bombing raids on Bangkok began in 1942.
Japan was using the country as a staging post for its invasions of then-Burma and Malaya.
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