Bangkok New Year party is incident free

2 Jan 2012

The massive countdown extravaganza in central Bangkok went off without any problems on New Year’s Eve. For the last few years, the principal New Year party in Bangkok has been held on the plaza facing the CentralWorld shopping centre.

City police in Bangkok operated strict security measures at CentralWorld and other areas of the Thai capital. Earlier in December, several unexploded bombs were found in Bangkok. On 31 December 2006 eight bombs detonated in the city, killing three and injuring 40. 

Due to the perceived safety risks there was a massive police presence at CentralWorld. Sniffer dogs were employed to ensure that no explosives made it through the security cordons. Barricades were put up on Ratchadamri Road with just two portals to the actual party venue.

The man in charge of security, police colonel Chanin Vachirapaneekul, said his officers had four different security levels in the area. At the two CentralWorld gates, partygoers were screened with metal detectors and all handbags were hand-searched by officers.

Prior to the arrival of revellers, who came as early as 15:00, police had conducted a search of the district to ensure there were no suspicious articles or devices. The colonel also said ambulances, fire crews and a bomb disposal unit were on standby for the entire evening to deal with any incidents.

As the evening progressed, revellers listened to songs played by some of Thailand’s top musicians and colourful fireworks lit up the night sky. Once midnight had passed, police officers remained to ensure there was no trouble and the clean-up could begin. 

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