SUPHAN BURI — Six workers from Myanmar were killed when a home packed with illegal fireworks exploded Thursday night in Suphan Buri province’s U-Thong district.
Local residents said they heard a series of explosions and loud blasts at about 9pm coming from a house located in a field, which continued for nearly five minutes
Due to the powerful blast, the single-story residence was leveled, with metal roofing, cement and other materials scattered all over along with ping pong bombs and other debris. The severely scorched bodies of the six migrant workers were thrown from the home by the blast.
The deceased, two men and four women, have yet to be be identified, according to Pol. Col. Paitoon Yoosanead, chief of U-Thong Police Station.
Paitoon said Friday morning that they believe the owner of the home was a retired military man who hired the migrant workers to illegally produce and store fireworks.
Paitoon said police are now questioning witnesses and investigating to find the cause of the explosion and the owner of the prohibited pyrotechnics factory.