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Chiang Mai in Flames: Sky Lanterns and Fireworks Spark Safety Concerns

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Chiang Mai in Flames: Sky Lanterns and Fireworks Spark Safety Concerns

An unprecedented inferno has ravaged the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand, causing damages that are estimated to exceed 100 million baht. The city, known for its vibrant flower market, became a frightening spectacle when a fire broke out in a commercial building, devastating over six homes. It took firefighters a grueling two hours to control the blaze. Fortunately, despite the severity of the incident, no casualties or injuries have been reported.

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Fireworks Fiasco and Sky Lanterns: The Suspected Culprits

While the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, locals have pointed fingers at a sky lantern that was released in violation of the city's stringent prohibitions. Concurrently, there was an alarming incident at a nearby fireworks shop. An attempt to light fireworks went disastrously wrong, leading to sparks that ignited an array of firecrackers, creating a horrific scene.

Yi Peng Festival: A Tradition Under Fire

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The incidents have occurred in the wake of the Yi Peng Festival, a time during which the skies of Chiang Mai are traditionally adorned with thousands of floating lanterns. However, in recent times, there has been an increase in the illegal release of these lanterns, raising concerns about potential fire hazards. The aftermath of the recent festival has seen remnants of these floating lanterns littering the city, stoking fears of more unauthorized activity and subsequent fire incidents.

Chiang Mai's Safety Concerns Ignited

The dual incidents have sparked a heated debate about safety measures and the enforcement of regulations related to fireworks and sky lanterns within the city. This devastating fire, coupled with the fireworks shop incident, underscores the need for stricter adherence to safety regulations and prompts a critical reevaluation of traditional practices in the face of modern risks.

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