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Bangkok scrap workers killed opening suspected WWII bomb with blow torch

Published on Apr 2, 2014 6:28 PM
 

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A suspected World War II bomb exploded in the Thai capital as scrap metal workers tried to cut it open with a blow torch, killing at least seven people and injuring 19, police said.

Construction workers found the shell at a construction site and brought it to a warehouse on the outskirts of Bangkok to be cut up.

"We believe the bomb dates back to World War Two and weighed about 227 kg. As they probably did not know (what to do), they used a blow torch to try to cut open the bomb," said police superintendent Kamthorn Uicharoen.

"The explosion created a three-meter deep crater."

A Thai fireman (left) stands inside a scrap metal warehouse after a massive World War II bomb that workers tried to cut open exploded in Bangkok on April 2, 2014, killing at least seven people died and injuring 19 others, officials said. A suspected World War II bomb exploded in the Thai capital as scrap metal workers tried to cut it open with a blow torch, killing at least seven people and injuring 19, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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