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    Chiang Mai: Explosion at longan plantation claims three lives

    Tragedy struck a longan plantation in Ban Chai Ngam village of Mae Waen subdistrict, Phrao district, Chiang Mai yesterday when an explosion claimed the lives of three workers.

    The incident occurred as they were making a flowering stimulant mixture, resulting in an immediate fatality for two female workers one Thai and one from Myanmar. Another worker, a man from Myanmar, succumbed to his injuries later that night.


    The explosion took place in a solitary single-storey building situated in the heart of a longan plantation, approximately 500 metres away from the nearest settlement. At the moment of the blast, the workers were engaged in combining 75 kilogrammes of potassium chlorate with 50 kilogrammes of urea, a concoction intended to stimulate the flowering of longan.

    Warut Visitsilp, the Chief Officer of Phrao District, undertook a thorough examination of the explosion site. He revealed that potassium chlorate had been utilised to induce the flowering of longan trees within the orchard.


    Moreover, he announced that forensic investigators would re-examine the residence today. Their objective is to discern the root cause of the explosion and ascertain whether the potassium chlorate, a substance employed in the production of certain munitions and pyrotechnics, had been stored appropriately.


    Warut emphasised the significance of ensuring proper storage practices for materials like potassium chlorate, which possess dual applications in agriculture and potentially hazardous industries.

    This unfortunate event echoes a similar incident from 1999 when a powerful explosion involving potassium chlorate occurred in the San Patong district.


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    KClO3 was the main ingredient in the 2002 bali car bomb. it is highly unstable and should never ever be left under the supervision of baan nork chickenheads

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    KClO3
    Had to look that up.

    Ouch

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    KClO3 was the main ingredient in the 2002 bali car bomb. it is highly unstable and should never ever be left under the supervision of baan nork chickenheads

    We used to make pipe bombs with sodium chlorate and sugar when I were a lad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Had to look that up.
    not surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    This unfortunate event echoes a similar incident from 1999 when a powerful explosion involving potassium chlorate occurred in the San Patong district.

    Thai factory explosion kills 35 workers
    9 October 1999
    A large explosion at the Hong Thai Kaset Pattana fruit processing plant in Thailand on September 19 flattened the buildings, killing 35 workers and injuring over 100. More than 40 people are still unaccounted for.
    Two explosions ripped apart the factory complex near the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and created a 30-metre wide crater. Bricks and large lumps of concrete were spread over a four-acre area.
    The blasts were caused by the ignition of a stock of the volatile chemical, potassium chlorate, illegally stored in the plant.
    The chemical is extremely dangerous if not handled and stored correctly. It is highly explosive and is used in the manufacture of gunpowder and other explosives for fireworks, hand grenades, and landmines. It is flammable, combustible and highly unstable when mixed with substances such as sulphur.
    The potassium chlorate was sold as fertiliser to the farmers who grew the lamyai or longan (a tropical fruit) in their orchards for the factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    KClO3 was the main ingredient in the 2002 bali car bomb. it is highly unstable and should never ever be left under the supervision of baan nork chickenheads
    SA should be along in a minute.

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    'It has been replaced by safer applications in other areas', according to wiki.

    Not in the area of Baan Nork, it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Had to look that up
    Try carbon disulfide

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