Eight injured as fireworks explode in Kep

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One of the injured being treated and people celebrating the New Year on the beach at Kep. Supplied

Eight people were slightly injured by a fireworks explosion as a large crowd celebrated the countdown to the New Year on a beach in Kep province on Sunday night.

Officials said the victims were sent to hospital and what caused the explosion was not known.

The National Police website reported on Monday that the fireworks exploded at 11pm on Sunday night at Kep beach, where local authorities had prepared a fireworks show to welcome in the New Year.

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“The fireworks exploded and caused eight people to get lightly injured, three of them women. They were quickly sent to hospital for help,” said the report.

Police said there were about 100,000 local and foreign visitors gathered at the beach to celebrate and countdown to the New Year.

“All the victims were treated at Kep provincial hospital and they already left for their homes,” read the report, adding that authorities used three fire-trucks to put out the blaze. The fire was put out by 1:30am on Monday.

Ken Satha, the provincial governor, could not be reached for comment, but according to local media he stated that the cause of the fireworks explosion was not known. Authorities are investigating.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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