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Explosions at fireworks factory kill two

A Suphan Buri fireworks factory blew up, killing two workers and setting off an inferno that burned the plant down and heavily damaged six buildings.

Two people were wounded. The damage was estimated at about Bt3 million. Provincial police chief MajGeneral Chatcharin Sawangwong said yesterday that the factory had applied for a permit to produce explosive products including fireworks but had not yet obtained it.

Sparks caused by friction on the production line could have ignited the initial blast, he said, but further investigation into the cause was needed.

The two dead workers were identified as Phaithoon Jamsuwan and Monote Sukying. This facility, located on a threerai site in Muang district and owned by local politician Sujin Japhan, was hit by an explosion on June 9 of last year. He has been charged with manslaughter.

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