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Fireworks, sky lanterns seized on Patong Beach

Fireworks, sky lanterns seized on Patong Beach

PHUKET: Personnel from the Kathu branch of the Volunteer Defense Corps (OrSor) seized illegal fireworks and sky lanterns at four locations on Patong beach last night (Dec 7) during a sweep to crack down people selling or using the items on the beach at night.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 8 December 2022, 11:27AM


During their sweep, which started at about 11:30pm, the personnel discovered separate stashes of fireworks and sky lanterns beside four trees on the beach.

The OrSor personnel were acting under orders from Kathu District Chief Siwat Rawarangkul, who said the operation was launched following complaints that people were walking around on the beach selling sky lanterns and fireworks, annoying tourists and causing a safety concern.

Of the contraband bound, some of the fireworks had already been lit, Mr Siwat noted.

No people associated with the illegal fireworks and sky lanterns were found, but officers will continue to investigate to track them down, Mr Siwat added.

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“I would like to publicly admonish these people who bring firework and sky lanterns, or any other similar object, to sell on the beach ‒ and those who buy them and bring them to the beach themselves,” Mr Siwat said.

“The beach is a public place and the penalty for doing this is a fine of up to B60,000 or up to three years’ imprisonment, or both,” he said.

“In this regard, officers will conduct intensive checks on the beach every day,” Mr Siwat warned.

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christysweet | 09 December 2022 - 12:47:34

Sky lanterns are usually made from wire or plastic and present a hazard to marine life. Only rapidly bio-disintegrating materials should be used  Come on Thailand, WAKE UP!! 

JohnC | 09 December 2022 - 09:53:37

Capricornball hit the nail squarely on the head LOL. 
Will a fine and/or prison time be given for the usual new year's eve fireworks displays on Patong Beach approved by local council or is that suddenly legal?

Capricornball | 08 December 2022 - 16:00:51

The way things have been going lately, I'm now waiting for the next article stating that Prab (the President of the Illegal Fireworks and Sky Lantern Vendors Union) to step up and call for the expansion of firework and lantern sales along Patong Beach. Of course, this would be to ensure that poor people can make a living selling his cronies' merchandise. 

 

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