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Post by DADDYCOOL on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 11:15 am

To all members who are returning up north for the CNY festive period.

pls exercise utmost PRECAUTION when playing with firecrackers or fireworks.

IN a horrifying incident on the first day of the Lunar Dragon Year (Jan 23), a newly married man, By Shaow Yong, 26, was instantly killed in Kota Kinabalu after a malfunctioned firework suddenly exploded in his face when he went to check it.

By had placed two three-inch fireworks shells – capable of blasting 197 feet (equivalent to 16-storeys) into the air in 3.5 seconds – into a modified metal pipe launcher in the middle of the road facing his Taman Seputeh home just past midnight.

The scene of fireworks tragedy in the first hour of the Lunar New Year, Jan 23.

The first shell shot into the night sky and the brilliant, colourful explosion that followed thrilled his expectant wife and family members watching the display.

But when the second failed to ignite, he went to check the pipe.

That’s when tragedy struck. The impact blew By’s head off right before the eyes of his wife, parents and siblings.

City police retrieved his remains for a post-mortem at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at about 3.30am. The remains were cremated Wednesday afternoon (Jan 25).

By (left), from the state of Perak, had been helping his father sell char suey (barbecue pork) at Foh Sang suburb and Inanam town for the last 10 years, was the only son among four children.

City police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said the accident was tragic and warned the public not to play with firecrackers or fireworks.

“These items are prohibited and they can be very dangerous and lethal as was the case here.

“The police will always monitor the situation and we will take action on those caught flouting the rules,” said Sofi, dismissing any foul play in the incident.

Following this horrific fireworks mishap, Sabah police started a crackdown on illegal fireworks in this Malaysian state on the northern tip of Borneo.

Commissioner of Police Datuk Hamza Taib said only two types of fireworks – commonly called Pop-Pop and Happy Boom – were allowed as they were considered “not dangerous”.

The public was not allowed to deal with any other type of fireworks he told the media in Kota Kinabalu Jan 25.

This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations were also marked with disasters in other parts of South-east Asia. In Thailand there was 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 Chinese New Year’s Eve catastrophe in the Philippines, where fireworks and celebratory gunfire left 200 injured, 14 of them with missing fingers and toes.


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Post by fery16 on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 7:57 pm

Sad to hear the news. RIP.

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