UPDATE: Substance in Bags Found Near Pattaya Turns Out to be Harmless Scrap Metal


Authorities confirmed that the black substance found in bags abandoned at an excavation pit near Pattaya on Wednesday turned out to be just harmless scrap metal, not the carcinogenic cadmium waste that locals feared.

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First our previous story:

Villagers in Nongprue, Chonburi province, discovered a large number of black plastic bags containing an unidentified black substance near a local excavation pit. They feared it might be lost hazardous cadmium waste.

Now for our update:

The discovery of numerous white bags discarded near a pit in Moo 7, Pattaya, raised concerns among locals who feared the bags might contain missing cadmium waste. This prompted the Banglamung officials to investigate the site and collect samples of the black substance for analysis.

On April 11th, 2024, Mr. Wichai Manarojkij, the Banglamung District Chief, announced the results of the analysis. It has been confirmed that the black powder was not cadmium but rather scrap metal likely from a foundry. Mr. Wichai stated that the powder does not have health risks unless it is consumed or directly touched.

Mr. Wichai urged the public to remain calm and report any suspicious objects immediately to the Banglamung District Office. In the meantime, the police are still searching for the truck that dumped the power there.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.