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Bangkok Governor warns of severe penalties for fireworks during the Loy Krathong celebration

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The national Loy Krathong celebration is scheduled for Nov. 19, but Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang is once again urging people to avoid the sale and use of fireworks such as firecrackers and lanterns this year.  

The Loy Krathong festival is a tradition that dates back to the 13th-century Sukhothai kingdom when people released small boats called Krathong onto waterways in tribute to the water goddess Mae Konka.

This year, despite the Covid19 situation, a large participation of both Thais and foreigners is expected across the country, especially around the Chao Phraya River that bisects Bangkok.

Governor Aswin reminds people that every year the city has to write down property damage, injuries and even death from unauthorized fireworks and fireworks.

Many foreigners have expressed their dismay at the casual handling of these explosives in Thailand in the past, even in large crowds, as well as on holidays and many other celebrations.

This year, Aswin hopes to change that, promising that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will monitor the sale and distribution of fireworks in the weeks leading up to Loy Krathong and that BMA staff will be among the people during the Loy Krathong celebration. to investigate violations of the fireworks ban.

Aswin reminds the revellers that there are severe penalties for those who set off fireworks without permission. The law provides for penalties of up to 60,000 baht and 3 years in prison for using fireworks and 6,000 baht and 3 months in prison for those who use Chinese fireworks without a permit.

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