A man was killed and nine others were injured after a 105mm artillery shell exploded yesterday morning in Tboung Khmum province as one of the victims attempted to make fishing equipment out of the unexploded munition.
Hak Sok Makara, deputy provincial governor and chairman of the provincial mine action commission, yesterday said about four people took the unexploded shell home in order to dismantle it and turn it into fishing equipment.
The shell then exploded, injuring the four people within the house, as shrapnel were sent flying out of the house, injuring five others and killing 26-year-old Vann Kea, who was a neighbour.
“One person died in the explosion, while nine others were injured,” Mr Sok Makara said. “The injured victims are currently being treated at the Kampong Cham provincial hospital and the 7D hospital.”
He noted that the family of the Mr Kea was given about $100, while the families of the ones injured were given about $50 each for medical treatment.
Mung Raya, deputy chief of Tboung Khmum district police, yesterday said the shell was bought from scrap dealer in Kampong Cham province, who delivered it to the district.
“When it exploded, shrapnel flew out of a house and killed a man who was grilling fish at his home,” Mr Raya said. “The people who were dismantling the shell were injured, while others outside of the house were injured by shrapnel.”
“After we questioned them, we found out that they previously did this four to five times before, but nothing happened,” he added. “This time was different however because it exploded. Please, people should be careful and avoid dismantling unexploded munition.”
He added that the body of the victim who died was brought to his family for a funeral.