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64 hurt in Phuket Vegetarian Festival

PHUKET: Sixty-four people required hospital treatment during this year’s Vegetarian Festival, according to the Phuket Provincial Health Department.


By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Tuesday 15 October 2013, 04:46PM


Many of those the injured were victims of firecrackers thrown at participants in the parades. Photo Tourism Authority of Thailand

Many of those the injured were victims of firecrackers thrown at participants in the parades. Photo Tourism Authority of Thailand

Of the 64, 12 had to be treated for bleeding cheeks, mouths or tongues, nine were burned when fire-walking, 14 suffered eyes injuries from fire crackers, and another 26 had burns elsewhere on their bodies from fireworks, while three fainted.

Most of the injured were Mah Song – the steeds of the Gods – who are the targets of a rain of fire crackers, or their escorts. One Malaysian tourist was injured by a fire cracker that exploded next to his foot but he has been discharged and was due to go home today (October 15).

As of yesterday only five people remained in hospital.

The tally of injuries is an improvement on last year, when 81 people required hospital treatment during the festival.

 

 

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