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.
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
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
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