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130 guns destroyed as fire breaks out at Surin defence volunteer base

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130 guns destroyed as fire breaks out at Surin defence volunteer base

By The Nation

 

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A fire burnt down the living quarters and firearms storage room of a defence volunteer base in Surin, destroying 130 guns and ammunition, officials said on Tuesday.

 

Officials at the Surin 1 Defence Volunteer Company said the fire had started at 3.35pm on Monday, and that officials from several agencies were still checking the cause of the blaze.

 

Eight fire engines took an hour to control the blaze after it had already consumed the entire building, located on the Surin-Prasat road in Mueang district’s Tambon Chaniang.

 

During the fire, explosions were heard as ammunition went up in flames, officials said.

 

More than 130 M16 assault rifles, shotguns and pistols, along with ammunition, were kept in the storage room.

 

The fire also damaged a vehicle of the defence company.

 

Reporters were not allowed to enter the compound on Tuesday morning as the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30362721

 

— The Nation 2019-01-22

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27 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

During the fire, explosions were heard as ammunition went up in flames, officials said.

More than 130 M16 assault rifles, shotguns and pistols, along with ammunition, were kept in the storage room.

Good riddance, no loss, a few people may live longer because of this.

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5 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Surin defence volunteer base

what are they defending Surin from? Farang tourists?

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6 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

what are they defending Surin from? Farang tourists?

 

That's an excellent, and I'm sure unanswerable, question.  But whoever it is, they obviously HAD a lot of guns ready for the fight!

 

I wonder if they managed to save their tanks from the inferno...and submarines too???

 

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11 hours ago, lungbing said:

Has anybody counted the remains of 130 rifles?    Pu-Ying, the last Emperor of China threatened to check the contents of the imperial treasure houses in the forbidden city.  And oh, what a coincidence a great fire broke out before they could check what was missing.

Totally agree.  Fires have always been a good way of balancing the books.  Not surprised they only give an estimate of how many guns have been destroyed, they have still to work out what the number needs to be.  The numbers of guns and amount of ammunition, in a properly run armoury, is always known.

Cause of the fire should be interesting.

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8 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

what are they defending Surin from? Farang tourists?

Whilst there are military camps all over Thailand and Thailand has "enjoyed" military administrations for the majority of its post-WWII history, Surin is not very far from the site of a recent deadly military battle with Cambodian forces. Last time I visited, this area at Phra Wiharn was still controlled by the military.

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13 hours ago, lungbing said:

Has anybody counted the remains of 130 rifles?    Pu-Ying, the last Emperor of China threatened to check the contents of the imperial treasure houses in the forbidden city.  And oh, what a coincidence a great fire broke out before they could check what was missing.

Surely you're not suggesting that more than 130 M16 assault rifles, shotguns and pistols, along with ammunition, are no longer able to be accounted for?

 

I cannot imagine that to be the case...

 

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2 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Whilst there are military camps all over Thailand and Thailand has "enjoyed" military administrations for the majority of its post-WWII history, Surin is not very far from the site of a recent deadly military battle with Cambodian forces. Last time I visited, this area at Phra Wiharn was still controlled by the military.

Yes, when you visit some of the disputed border temples here, relations between the Thai & Cambodian troops are relaxed and friendly - people wander back & forth over the (invisible) red line, no sweat. But in others, they are anything but relaxed, troops are quite separate and they follow you around as you do your tourist bit ... and as you step over the invisible, one lot of troops vanish & a new lot in different uniforms appear.

 

All of this only a couple of kilometers as the crow flies from my family farm. Which was regularly bombarded by Khmer Rouge mortars only 2 or 3 decades ago. The family regularly fled the village as the explosions started. They would return a week later to find all the buffalos gone ...

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15 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

what are they defending Surin from? Farang tourists?

Wild Elephants??

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