WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok
Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2014 1:30 AM CDT
The wreckage of the scrap shop after yesterday's explosion.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site and sold it to the scrap shop. Workers at the shop were using a gas-powered thermal cutter to take the bomb apart when it exploded yesterday.

The massive blast ripped apart the scrap shop in Bangkok's Lad Plakao neighborhood and damaged nearby houses. Authorities initially reported seven dead, but search crews later found a child's body in the rubble, believed to be a girl about 4 years old. Bangkok was bombed by US and British planes during World War II, when it was occupied by Japanese forces and served as a hub for their campaign in Southeast Asia.

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JackNelsonSteward
Apr 3, 2014 3:47 PM CDT
UXO ... the gift that keeps on giving.
Dave0
Apr 3, 2014 1:45 PM CDT
This gets the 'Einstein Award'.
IronmanREV3
Apr 3, 2014 9:57 AM CDT
People of the World, The level of dumb ass out in the world never ceases to amaze me! I guess these workers never heard of WW 2.0 or knew what a dumb Air Bomb looked like or just didn't care??