Unintended consequences: Debris from a demolished building knock down power lines onto this car Friday in the Din Daeng area of Bangkok.

BANGKOK — A residential area in Din Daeng was left without power for hours because of a demolition effort gone wrong Friday evening.

Witnesses said a section of a condemned building fell off onto power lines at about 5pm before crashing down onto a car below and sending zome residents into a panicked flight. Treating the case as “not serious,” police said they will try to negotiate a financial settlement between the company and affected residents.

“It’s not serious. It was lucky no one got hurt,” Col. Kiatnarong Chalermsuk, chief of Din Daeng Police Station, said by telephone Saturday.

The company, which he did not name, will face charges of recklessness and causing property damage, though Kiatnarong said the main priority will be negotiating compensation.


“We will summon the relevant parties for a talk with each other,” the colonel said. “If everyone agree on the sum, then it’s done.”

The incident took place at a former school building in Soi Pracha Songkhro 16. Residents told the media they previously filed a complaint to the district office and police that they suffered from dust caused by the demolition effort, but no one took any action.

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