POLICE mounted raid at Sampheng market in Bangkok’s Chinatown to check whether powerful water guns and other dangerous water equipment were on sale to ensure a safe Songkran festival, INN News reported today (April 7).
Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakhan together with Pol. Maj.-Gen. Dusit Somsak, head of Metropolitan Police Zone 6, and their team checked various shops in this major market but did not find any of the forbidden variety of water guns.
Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat said powerful water guns could hurt Songkran revelers and if aimed at their eyes, could turn them blind. They are also a danger to motorcyclists.
Such sweeps are also being mounted in key tourists cities where Songkran is celebrate in a big way with these being Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai.
The Office of the Consumer Protection Board banned the sale of powerful water guns in 2003 with any businessman or merchant found selling them facing not more than 6 months in jail or a fine of not more than 50,000 baht or both, while manufacturers face not more than 5 years in jail or 500,000 baht fine or both.
Top: The top police team checking water guns on sale at Chinatown’s Sampheng market. Photos: INN News