Pattaya police confiscated more than 2,000 PVC water cannons through the first week of Songkran.
Police superintendent Col. Suwan Cheaonawinthawat ordered a crackdown on the hand-made water guns, citing their historic role in blinding injuries and traffic accidents.
Police seized the guns mostly from tourists and bar girls ignorantly shooting water into the faces of passing motorists, oblivious to or unconcerned about the danger to drivers.
Police also attempted to seize stocks of the high-power guns from vendors, who’d craft PVC pipes into water-powered weapons.
Police had the unpopular task of rounding up PVC water cannons early in the Songkran week, as can be seen by the sour faces in the background.