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At least 17 people killed in explosion at Thai fireworks factory

At least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory in central Thailand. The blast took place at about 3pm (08:00 GMT) in a remote area in the province of Suphan Buri, about 120km (74 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok, police said, according to a video shared with media of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin being briefed by telephone. The explosion came less than a month before Chinese New Year, which falls on February 10, when demand for fireworks is strong. The provincial governor told the Reuters news agency that no survivors had yet been found. “There were deaths, we are checking how many people died,” police colonel Theerapoj Rawangban told the AFP news agency. “We do not see more damage toward other houses or people who live in the [nearby] community,” he added. Srettha, who is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, expressed his condolences and called for a swift investigation. “The prime minister ordered an inspection of the plant to see if it was operating legally and if the explosion was caused by negligence. The law must be enforced to the fullest extent because there are innocent deaths and injuries,” his office said. One worker was killed in an accident at the factory in November 2022. In July 2023, a large explosion at a fireworks warehouse in southern Thailand killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 100, according to officials. Aljazeera

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.