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A bomb from World War II exploded in Thailand today

Workers at a Bangkok scrap facility believed the device had been made safe.

Ground crew members prepare bombs to be loaded into the racks of the waiting B-29 Superforts, at a US airbase on Saipan, in the Mariana Islands, in November 1944.
Ground crew members prepare bombs to be loaded into the racks of the waiting B-29 Superforts, at a US airbase on Saipan, in the Mariana Islands, in November 1944.
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AT LEAST SIX people died and 18 others were injured today when a suspected World War II bomb exploded at a scrap metal warehouse in Bangkok as workers tried to cut it open, officials said.

The shell was found at a construction site by builders who then sold it to a suburban scrap metal merchant believing the bomb had been defused.

“The workers at the warehouse thought the bomb was no longer active so they used a metal cutter to cut into it causing the explosion,” said local police commander Virasak Foythong, adding the ordnance was probably left over from the war era.

“Six are confirmed dead and 18 injured,” the city’s Erawan emergency centre said, adding five were killed at the scene.

Television footage showed debris and twisted metal at the destroyed workshop as thick smoke choked the sky, while local reports said dozens of nearby homes were also damaged by the blast.

The allies conducted bombing raids on the Thai capital in retaliation for the kingdom joining the Japanese war effort in Southeast Asia.

- © AFP, 2014

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