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Investigation continues over fireworks blast

Last week’s fireworks explosion at a Kampong Chhang pagoda, which claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl and injured another 12 villagers, has been followed by plenty of finger pointing but no arrests, provincial authorities said yesterday.

Prosecutor Penh Vibol said that the three owners of the fireworks as well as the chief abbot of the Rolea Ba’ier district pagoda have been released after questioning pending further investigation.

“We will continue to investigate, because the owner of the fireworks and the chief abbot have accused each other, and the police report was not enough.

I will summon them to the court again when we get enough evidence,” he said. On Tuesday, about 200 fireworks kept in a mini tractor at Svay Chrum commune’s Ang Metrei pagoda exploded during a ceremony to celebrate the end of rainy season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at kunthear.mom@phnompenhpost.com

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