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Bomb from World War Two kills seven in Bangkok (Updated)

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Junk shop employee tries to cut open bomb using gas-torch, sparks explosion, destroys building, body parts thrown 200 metres. 


Evening update (20:25)

The death toll now stands at seven with 20 more injured. Neither the construction worker who found the bomb nor the recycling company employee who cut it open apparently knew what it was.

This video will give you the idea of the destruction and why investigators believe it was likely a 500-pound bomb.

UPDATE: Explosion kills six people


Six people have died in an explosion at a shop on Lat Pla Khao Soi 72 in Bang Khen.

Five people died on the spot in the explosion at a junk recycling shop about 12.50pm. The blast demolished the building and started a large fire.  Body parts were thrown as far as 200 metres from the scene

Fourteen more people were reported injured as of 1.30pm, according to Erawan medical centre.

Before the explosion, a construction worker sold what he said was a 500 pound World War Two (227kg)  bomb to the shop.

A shop employee tried to cut open the bomb using a gas-torch, sparking the explosion, reports said.

Police said the explosion left a crater four metres wide and three metres deep where the shop once stood.

Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, they said.

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apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา

blast: an explosion - การระเบิด

construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

crater: a large round hole in the ground caused by an explosion - หลุม

damage: to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย

death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต

deep: having a large distance from the top or surface to the bottom - ลึก

demolish: to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else - รื้อ (สิ่งก่อสร้าง), ทำลาย

employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง

explosion: the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something - ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ

junk: things that are considered useless or of little value - เศษของที่ไม่ใช้แล้ว

on the spot: at a particular place where something is happening or happened -

recycling: waste recycling, processing waste such as glass, metal and paper so it can be used again - การนำกลับมาใช้ใหม่ [สิ่งแวดล้อม], การใช้ของเสียให้เป็นประโยชน์

report: to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน

scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

spark: to make something happen - ก่อให้เกิด

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