Explosion at military firework facility

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A firework storage facility belonging to the military exploded on Saturday night in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Srouch district, injuring one person.

Deputy provincial police chief Colonel Um Bunthoeun, who is in charge of the fire department, said the explosion occurred at about 8.50pm in Treng Trayueng commune.

“The explosion was caused by the firework materials stored in one of the facility’s buildings,” he said, adding the cause of the incident was still under investigation.

“We don’t know the main reason yet, but I think that maybe the storage building was too hot and unventilated.”

He added the facility was managed by the Defence Ministry to produce fireworks for the country’s public events.

A villager’s home near the firework facility. Supplied

Police reported that a storage building was damaged in the explosion. No injuries were reported at the site, but a villager was slightly injured from the explosion.

“The blast was so loud causing a house about 400 metres away from the explosion to vibrate, which caused the ceiling collapse on the homeowner who just got slightly injured,” said Col Bunthoeun.

A district police officer, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said it was the first time an explosion at the firework facility has occurred in the district.

Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Socheat could not be reached for the comment yesterday.

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