FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Suspected cannons found in Phuket

PHUKET: Officials have been called in to examine what are suspected to be two cannons that were discovered while excavating to build a new house in northern Phuket on Saturday night (April 28).

constructionculture
Author: Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 30 April 2018, 10:32AM


The area, near a mangrove forest behind the Baan Kho En Tambon Health Promoting Hospital, was roped off for safety after Baan Kho En villager headman Somnuek Patee reported the find to Tha Chatchai Police at about 7pm.

Mr Somnuek told the responding police officer, Maj Preecha Kongchoo of the Tha Chatchai Police, that he was notified of the find by Tawit Chaibutsee, a 42-year-old construction worker from Khon Kaen.

Soon to arrive at the scene with Tha Chatchai Police were soldiers stationed at the Phuket Checkpoint as well as rescue workers.

The two rusted objects now suspected to be antique cannons were one and a half meters long, and officials from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) were called in to ensure the objects were safe to handle.

QSI International School Phuket

Mr Tawit, who first found objects, told officers that a backhoe was clearing the area in order to build a house near Baan Kho En School, about 500 metres away.

“The backhoe moved objects from there and dropped them here,” he said.

“We saw the objects dumped along with cement rubble. I took a better look and saw that the objects looked very similar to cannons, so I informed the village headman,” Mr Tawit added.

The discovery of the suspected cannons follows a World War I minesweeping float being discovered at Nai Yang Beach in October last year, although the object was originally feared to be a lost torpedo from World War II, causing much anxiety among local residents. (See stories here and here.)

 

 

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
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Rorri_2 | 05 May 2018 - 12:02:12

Surely there must be a follow up, to this "dangerous" situation.

Kurt | 02 May 2018 - 09:14:00

Perhaps historical 18-19 century cannons?
After cleaning the cannons sure there will be inscriptions to read.
Exciting!

BenPendejo | 01 May 2018 - 18:58:58

First the torpedo, now a cannon...I'm thinking in a few decades, a new port dredging project is going to uncover an old Chinese submarine.

Rorri_2 | 01 May 2018 - 11:25:38

A "canon"..... really!, let's get the army in on this one as well, my guess, it belongs alongside the "torpedo."

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
PM Prayut calls for tourism safety across all forms of transport

Does general Prayut not have a public relation team to keep him on right publicity track? All the ...(Read More)


Call to expedite Prawit probe

Just asking the dealers? Let me laugh. They only can be forced by court order, which the mates of Po...(Read More)


Isolated heavy rain forecast for South, Phuket

And we will see again, small boats ( like the 2 disaster boats) still will sail out. More disaster...(Read More)


Phuket officials inert as fishing boat breaks apart at tourist beach

While the pathetic marine safety officials are proving that Phuket is a dangerous and risky destinat...(Read More)


Phuket marine safety goes on show, efforts to recover last Phoenix disaster body continue

Look like Thai Ind. Standards Marine "Work Vests", the type that will not give one a clear...(Read More)


PM Prayut calls for tourism safety across all forms of transport

Another empty message, imploring Thai officials "to make sure everyone is safe". He does n...(Read More)


Phuket marine safety goes on show, efforts to recover last Phoenix disaster body continue

Re: I hope all bookings are cancelled and tourists never return here. I think it would be better i...(Read More)


Phuket marine safety goes on show, efforts to recover last Phoenix disaster body continue

The governor did put on his marine safety face, coz that day there was on Phuket no volunteer cleani...(Read More)


Phuket marine safety goes on show, efforts to recover last Phoenix disaster body continue

And it also looks like all the bright orange "life vests" are the same toy flotation aids ...(Read More)


Phuket marine safety goes on show, efforts to recover last Phoenix disaster body continue

"The government's efforts to overhaul safety measures across all forms of transport".....(Read More)