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Chinese New Year fireworks prove deadly in Thailand

Fireworks trigger explosions, fires and mass panic
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Members of Thai rescue workers look at the wreckage of a truck after an accident caused by fireworks during celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Suphan Buri province 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Bangkok. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A Chinese New Year celebration in Thailand was marked by yet another pyrotechnics-gone-wrong fiasco.

According to the Bangkok Post, the fireworks display ended in four deaths, 50 injuries, 30 burned-down homes and temporary hearing loss in one political aide, who was escorting his high-profile politician boss during hosting duties.

This disaster follows an even worse New Year's Eve catastrophe in the Philippines, where fireworks and celebratory gunfire left 200 injured and 14 missing fingers or toes.