Breaking; Casualties, As Explosion Rocks Fireworks Warehouse in Thailand.
At least ten people have died and scores wounded, following an explosion at a fireworks warehouse in southern Thailand on Saturday
The Narathiwat province’s Public Relations Department also said that at least 118 people were hurt, and that residents of more than 200 households were affected.
It said officials believe there are still a number of people trapped under the debris waiting to be rescued.
Videos posted on social media from the site revealed plume of smoke over the area, many damaged structures, cars and motorbikes, as well as streets covered with debris.
Many of the houses and other buildings have collapsed roofs and walls.
The local public relations agency reported that the explosion caused damage in a radius of about 500 metres.
According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, about a 100 residences in the area were damaged.
Sanan Pongaksorn, the provincial governor, told public broadcaster Thai PBS that the blast was likely ignited by construction work that was taking place in the warehouse, with sparks from metal welding causing the fireworks stored inside to catch fire and explode.