Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fireworks explosion kills woman

Fireworks explosion kills woman

Fireworks explosion kills woman

A woman packing explosives into homemade fireworks died in a blast in the house she and her husband ran as a pyrotechnics shop on Wednesday.

At the funeral of 67-year-old victim Ek Ny yesterday in Kampong Chhnang province’s Rolea Ba’ier district, her husband Pun Thoeun explained that his wife was putting explosive materials into paper tubes when the incident happened.

“I was not nearby when the explosion happened, but I ran to the explosion site and saw that my wife was outside the house with her bloody body. I rushed and embraced her, but she had died already,” he said.

Thoeun added that he buys the materials, such as sulphur and gunpowder, along National Road 3 in Kampong Speu province.

Rolea Ba’ier district police chief Toem Chanthy said an inspection revealed the victim’s home to be a fireworks store, but the cause of the explosion remains uncertain.

“I concluded that she made the fireworks with the wrong technique and the preparation of fireworks was careless. It is the dry season and it is very hot … the explosion might be caused by improper packing,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,