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Briton killed by exploding firework in Pattaya

Briton killed by exploding firework in Pattaya

CHON BURI: A Briton, 51, was killed after a firework he was trying to light exploded during New Year’s celebrations in Pattaya town shortly after midnight.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 1 January 2020, 04:19PM


A rescue volunteer shows a firework found on the ground following an explosion that killed a 51-year-old British man in Pattaya, Chon Buri during New Year's celebrations. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

A rescue volunteer shows a firework found on the ground following an explosion that killed a 51-year-old British man in Pattaya, Chon Buri during New Year's celebrations. Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong / Bangkok Post

The explosion occurred on Soi Liab Chai Had 13/2 in tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamuang district, said Pol Capt Nakhonrat Nontseelard, deputy investigation chief at Pattaya Police Station, who was alerted at around 12:30am.

Police and rescue workers who arrived at the scene found a crowd of people in front of a beer bar where the British man, identified as Gary McLaren, was found lying on the ground with serious facial injuries.

Medics performed CPR but failed to save his life. His friends were seen crying at the scene. A large firework was found on the ground nearby and police took it as evidence.

Ms Wassana Ngontai, 24, who witnessed the explosion, told police that the Briton and his friends were celebrating New Year’s at the bar. He tried to light the firework in front of the bar twice, but failed.

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She later noticed there was smoke coming from the firework while he was still in close proximity. Suddenly, it exploded, she said.

People witnessing the incident immediately alerted police.

 

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Kurt | 02 January 2020 - 12:39:14

Lucky that it was only the person tried to light the illegal piece of firework who became a victim, and not other people around this exploding happening.

GerryT81 | 02 January 2020 - 11:49:59

@C.S.  Probably more another sad example how careless people are when handling fireworks. Just ignoring some basic rules.And personally I am happy they sell those kinds of "Consumer fireworks" here.Much more fun as in over-regulated nanny states.

Christy Sweet | 02 January 2020 - 08:54:28

Another sad example of how laws in Thailand are routinely ignored to the detriment of everyone's safety. That large firework is illegal for public use and requires a permit to buy, yet there it was on a busy street  just waiting to explode in someone's face. Sincerest condolences to this man's friends and family.  

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