Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Worst joss stick disaster

Who: Phra Pathom Jedi Temple
When: 02-Nov-1998
Where: Phra Pathom Jedi Temple, Thailand
What: 5 deaths

On Nov. 2, 1998, five Buddhist worshipers were killed when thre giant ceremonial joss sticks collapsed at the Phra Pathom Jedi Temple, 36 miles northwest of Bangkok, Thailand. The 79-89 ft. joss sticks had been built in April 1998 to commemorate the 84th anniversary of the construction of an image of Buddha at the temple. Although the cause of the accident is unclear, the joss sticks could have collapsed under their own weight as they had soacked up a substantial amount of rain.

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