Bangkok City Hall banning fireworks during Loi Krathong

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BANGKOK, 29 October 2014  The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is banning the sale and lighting of flying lanterns near tall buildings, historic sites, palaces, major temples and airports during the Loi Krathong Festival.

Wanlop Suwannadi, chief adviser to the Bangkok governor, explained that in addition to flying lanterns, fireworks will also be banned from sites where Loi Krathong festivities will be hosted by City Hall. These sites include many public parks in the capital city, and the vicinity of Rama VIII Bridge.

According to the BMA, only six fireworks sellers in Bangkok have been authorized to sell their products. BMA officials will be monitoring against unauthorized sellers during the Loi Krathong period.

City Hall law enforcement officials will also be stationed at all piers along the Chao Phraya River on the night of Loi Krathong to maintain safety. Medical personnel will also be deployed at various sites, Mr. Wanlop added.