THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Large fireworks banned from Phuket Town

PHUKET: As the Vegetarian Festival parades flourish around Phuket Town, the Phuket Municipality Office has banned large fireworks in areas where there are large crowds of people.

Thursday 15 October 2015, 03:38PM

A number of warning signs have been put up around predominant areas of Phuket Town, especially where the Vegetarian Festival parades pass, advising against the use of large fireworks such as Ba Jangs, Chicken Eggs or Rockets which can be very dangerous if set off among crowds of people.

Speaking to The Phuket News today (Oct 15), Phuket City Mayor, Somjai Suwansupapana said, “We have not only put signs up to warn locals, we have also sent a warning letter to tour companies in Phuket asking their tour guides to warn tourist.”

Many Chinese tourists who are in Phuket to join the festival also like to set off fireworks as it is seen as part of the festival ritual.

“Last year we found about a group of Chinese tourists who had between 60–70 fireworks which nearly accidentally exploded. Luckily, police and volunteers managed to put them out before they did. This incident could have been very serious,” Mr Somjai said.

Yesterday, assistant Phuket provincial protection officer Jiradech Burarak together with 15 volunteers went to Phuket Town and participating shrines to check for people setting off large fireworks and seized some from teenagers who were setting them off in the street.

A large number were also seized from firework sellers in Saphan Hin.

QSI International School Phuket

“This is their first time of wrong doing so we did not arrest them. We seized all their fireworks and gave them a verbal warning,” Mr Jiradech said.

“If they are found to be setting off or selling fireworks again they will be arrested,” he added.

The penalty for selling or setting off fireworks in public places without permission is between six months and five years in prison and/or a fine of up to B1,000 or both.

Meanwhile, a teenager who was setting off fireworks at Tha Rua Shrine on Tuesday (Oct 13) was hospitalised when one exploded in his hand.

He was taken to Thalang Hospital where he was given stitches to a wound on his left hand. He was released from hospital later the same day.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Silly Kurt,"who is responsible" you ask? TiT, nobody is responsible or accountable, and it...(Read More)

Phuket probation officers prepare to use electronic tagging devices

What are the conditions with use of ankle bracelets? House arrest, or allowed to move a few hundred ...(Read More)

Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

If the rider had known how to counter steer correctly, he most probably could have made it around th...(Read More)

Phuket consuls fed glossy update over road safety, accidents and drownings

The present Governor not present. Sure, during his time on the island nothing happened to get things...(Read More)

August tourist arrivals up 3%

Hosanna! Up 3%, But services, infrastructures, cleanness, beach safety, etc went down, much more th...(Read More)

Phuket lifeguard contract corruption probe confirms ‘irregularities’, case sent to NACC

Everyone know this has been going on for years. Going after these folks and stopping it is welcomed...(Read More)

Illegal booze ads ‘rampant’ in markets, says DDC

How would Soi Bangla in Patong look like if the stopped all bars from having bar girls and boys from...(Read More)

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

Hope India's well known rape culture stays at home. Thailand is a perfect foment for it to flour...(Read More)

Man killed in solo Ducati Monster motorbike accident

What circumstances could have been challenged? It happened at a 50 km/h speed advised route at 02:...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018