On Thursday afternoon, a gas pipe exploded in Thailand’s Bang Bo district, Samit Prakan province. The unfortunate incident caused the death of three people including two elderly women while 28 others suffered serious injuries.

Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchammong, the police spokesperson, said that the gas pipe exploded on 200 Years Road, opposite Preng police station in Bang Bo District. As soon as the incident occurred, residents of the area were quickly evacuated to stop further casualties.

Around four houses were badly damaged and another half dozen had their roofs damaged. The students of the Preng Wisutthathipbodi School ran for their lives as soon as they heard the bang noises of the explosion.

Reports claim that around 40-50 fire engines were called to the scene to combat the huge fire. An operation centre was set up at War Preng Rat Bamrung, which was very close to the explosion site, to help the injured people.

A PTT press statement said the explosion occurred after natural gas leaked from a pipe and caught fire around 12:55 pm.

The fire was brought under control by late afternoon.

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