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    Get Away, Get Away, Get Away Now

    A few years back I ran into a group of monks packing powder into a steel tube for a rocket. No ESD protection, just a big bag of powder and plastic cups for pouring it in. I asked them if it was slow burning or fast burning powder and they just gave me a bewildered look. I walked away as fast as I could. I am surprised more people don't get killed by this fashionable enterprise here.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/05/1...saket-festival
    Press On Regardless

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    These are the ones to avoid. Insane Homebrew Rocket
    I saw one that never fired up correctly which sent it sideways demolishing a fair size tree.

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    ^ That is amazing. I wonder how many failed attempts they had in addition to the one you saw.

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    From the article at the link in the OP:
    Two people were killed after a homemade rocket fell on them yesterday at the famous Rocket Festival in Sri Saket province. During the last launch of the day to close the Boon Bang Fai festival, a rocket fell from the sky after launch to hit four people, killing Sukid Pongon, 51, and Soontorn Panwilai, 38, instantly.

    Meanwhile, Bandit Chanpanya, 33, lost his right arm and was seriously injured while Tongsuai Simanee, 44, suffered a minor injury to her leg. They were later transferred to a hospital in Ubon Ratchathani.
    Guess he's a one-armed Bandit now.


















    R.I.P. to those that died and a speedy recovery for the injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    A few years back I ran into a group of monks packing powder into a steel tube for a rocket. No ESD protection, just a big bag of powder and plastic cups for pouring it in. I asked them if it was slow burning or fast burning powder and they just gave me a bewildered look. I walked away as fast as I could. I am surprised more people don't get killed by this fashionable enterprise here.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/05/1...saket-festival
    What's your real concern or point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    A few years back I ran into a group of monks packing powder into a steel tube for a rocket. No ESD protection, just a big bag of powder and plastic cups for pouring it in. I asked them if it was slow burning or fast burning powder and they just gave me a bewildered look. I walked away as fast as I could. I am surprised more people don't get killed by this fashionable enterprise here.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/05/1...saket-festival
    What's your real concern or point?
    Didn't realize I needed one on TD. ---Having thought about it for a bit, I guess my point is that there are some things you really need to keep a safe distance from. Packing ordinance like these rockets is one of them.
    Last edited by thailazer; 18-05-2015 at 08:02 PM.

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    Manís incomprehensible fascination with things that go "BOOM".

    It is a most disturbing trait that the human animal damages themselves by playing with fireworks.

    Yet, we consider ourselves to be intelligent.


    ASSE: Celebrate the Fourth Safely Not in an Emergency Room | Archive content from EHS Today

    Each year in the United States, more than 10,000 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, with burns as the leading type of injury. Contusions and lacerations are second. Many suffer eye injuries.

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    The concept of 'safety' doesn't enter a Thai's brain.

    It's like trash/litter strewn about. They just down't see it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    What's your real concern or point?
    That is something I wonder every time I read a post of yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    What's your real concern or point?
    That is something I wonder every time I read a post of yours.

    +1 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    What's your real concern or point?
    That is something I wonder every time I read a post of yours.

    +1 ...
    +2...

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    Make it +3

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    (except his Thai history picture thread - can't praise it enough)

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    Many farangs nowadays getting involved in the making of rockets.

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    No rockets anymore? My missus told me yesterday that the military have banned all firing of rockets due to safety fears. The annual parade will go ahead this Friday, but that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme
    What's your real concern or point?
    That is something I wonder every time I read a post of yours.
    too short to post. so i will go plus 5

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    Didn't realize these accidents happened in the descent phase of the rocket! Yeah, a hot steel pipe stuck on a bamboo stick is going to do some damage after falling that distance. Video is in the attached news story.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/05/2...-his-arm-video
    Last edited by thailazer; 20-05-2015 at 07:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer
    Didn't realize these accidents happened in the descent phase of the rocket! Yeah, a hot steel pipe stuck on a bamboo stick is going to do some damage after falling that distance.
    They're not made from steel pipe. They're made from blue PVC water pipes.

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    plastic cup of lao khow - check

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer
    Didn't realize these accidents happened in the descent phase of the rocket! Yeah, a hot steel pipe stuck on a bamboo stick is going to do some damage after falling that distance.
    They're not made from steel pipe. They're made from blue PVC water pipes.
    Not all of them. Every one I saw being packed was in steel tube.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    Didn't realize these accidents happened in the descent phase of the rocket! Yeah, a hot steel pipe stuck on a bamboo stick is going to do some damage after falling that distance. Video is in the attached news story.

    http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2015/05/2...-his-arm-video
    The second guy helping got his watch!

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