Sattahip Market raided for Loy Krathong lanterns, firecrackers

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Working to make Loy Krathong a quieter festival, Sattahip officials outlawed firecrackers and the sale of hot-air lanterns.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda led a team of volunteers, police and navy personnel through the Sattahip Market Nov. 4 looking for vendors selling pyrotechnics without a license.

Wassana Wannasorn, 49, was arrested for selling “khom loy” lanterns and firecrackers were seized from six other shops.

Phawat said the crackdown came out of fear of fires from flying lanterns falling to earth and from children being injured by playing with firecrackers.

Another, similar raid was conducted in Naklua where one shop was inspected and one arrest made.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda (right) leads a team of volunteers, police and navy personnel through the Sattahip Market raiding vendors selling firecrackers and khom loys.District Chief Phawat Lertmukda (right) leads a team of volunteers, police and navy personnel through the Sattahip Market raiding vendors selling firecrackers and khom loys.