Fake bomb found in Bang Saray

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A suspected bomb left on the side of Highway 332 in Bang Saray turned out to be a fake.

Police and Sattahip District officials were called to check the box with protruding wires and PVC piping left near a utility pole three days after an improvised bomb exploded and killed 20 people and hurt 123 others in Bangkok.

Pol. Maj. Tanamet Phopan, deputy chief suppression officer of Sattahip Police, was first to inspect the package, using his experience as a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad member.

Pol. Maj. Tanamet Phopan begins his inspection of what turned out to be a fake bomb.Pol. Maj. Tanamet Phopan begins his inspection of what turned out to be a fake bomb.

The device was a brown cardboard box with five tubes made from PVC pipe sticking out of it. The tubes were wrapped together with black tape, making it look like TNT, similar to the bomb that detonated at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine.

Tanamet carefully cut open the box and confirmed it was fake. Police are now investigating who left it there.

Sattahip officials said the perpetrator apparently was trying to cause panic among residents still edgy about the Aug. 17 Bangkok bombing, but had left the bogus device in an area away from homes and businesses.

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