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COACH EXPLODES AFTER PILGRMS DESCEND AT TEMPLE|進香團遊覽車氣爆 團員均已下車幸未受傷

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-03-13
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Police are invesigating an explosion on a tour bus parked outside a temple in Chiayi county, which came a month after the deadliest bus accident in recent years that took 33 lives. Luckily, this time, all 30 passengers who were on a pilgrimage had left the bus and the fire was quickly put out by the driver, whose left hand was injured as a result. Firefighters specluated the incident might have been caused by firecrackers or gas bottles in the luggage compartment, but said the investigation is still ongoing.

Video footage from a passerby shows white smoke coming from a tour bus in Chiayi's Peitian Temple, and people approaching to help. The sound of an explosion had come from the bus previously.

==NS==
They sneaked incense in here. It might have caught on fire.

The driver quickly put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, and discovered that the fire had come from a severely charred luggage compartment. Incense, joss paper, and a blow torch were discovered in the luggage compartment, all banned items on buses. The bus had been carrying a worshippers' group from Kaohsiung. Fortunately, the explosion happened after all passengers had exited the bus. Only the driver suffered a slight injury when putting out the fire.

==YU FANG-HUI Captain, Puzi City Fire Department, Chiayi County==
Either the ashes or the incense lit the gas canister, so the canister inflated and eventually exploded.

The fire department believes that the flames in the incense burner had not been completely put out, leading to the explosion that shattered the bus's windshield and windows. Drivers say that smuggling the items onto the bus was a reckless thing to do.

==MR. CHEN coach driver==
I would ask, why did you bring that without checking with me? That can't go on the bus. No dangerous items on our buses.

The fire department said that dangerous items should have been carried on a separate vehicle. The consequences would have been unthinkable if the explosion had happened en route.

Translated by JOHN CHEN

高雄壽山宮進香團,今早搭遊覽車到嘉義配天宮進香,沒想到抵達目的地不久,遊覽車就發生氣爆,所幸當時30名團員都已經下車,火勢也很快就被司機用滅火器撲滅。消防隊到場推測,可能是行李廂放的香爐留有餘火,燒到一旁的瓦斯噴槍,造成爆炸。

民眾拍下,嘉義配天宮的停車場,一輛遊覽車不停竄出白煙,許多人都注意到,圍上去幫忙,因為在這之前,車輛先傳出爆炸聲。

==NS==
這裡偷放香
可能點火

遊覽車司機很快用滅火器撲滅火勢,發現起火點就在燒得焦黑的行李室,裡面放了香、金紙,還有瓦斯噴槍,都是客運禁止的危險物品,而車上載的就是來自高雄的進香團,幸好爆炸是在車輛停妥、團員也都下車之後發生,只有司機在滅火時,手掌輕微割傷。

==嘉義縣朴子消防隊小隊長 尤芳輝==
那個貢末 或者是線香
它來引燃到
準備點香燭的瓦斯罐
而讓它造成膨脹 氣爆

消防隊推斷,可能香爐裡有餘火,引燃火勢和氣爆,把遊覽車的前面和側面玻璃都震碎。司機也抨擊,進香團偷放危險物品,實在太危險。

==聲音來源 陳姓遊覽車司機==
我向他問 為什麼帶那個來沒說
那個不來載
我們遊覽車不能載危險物品

消防隊表示,進香應該由另車載送危險物品,否則如果發生在車輛行進中,後果將不堪設想。

記者 嘉義報導