Explosion at Cambodian Military Base Causes Chaos and Destruction

Chbar Mon district, Kompong Speu province – A recent explosion at an army base in Cambodia has left several buildings badly damaged and caused concern in the local community. The blast, which occurred in the Chbar Mon district of the Kompong Speu province, resulted in the destruction of four buildings and damage to military vehicles, as well as 25 villagers’ homes.

Images from the scene depict the aftermath of the explosion, with structures at the base in ruins and soldiers receiving treatment in a nearby hospital. The cause of the blast is still unknown, leaving authorities and residents puzzled as to what could have triggered such devastation.

Local resident Sophal recounted hearing a loud noise followed by smoke rising from the army base, prompting him to seek shelter with his family. Panic ensued among villagers as the military secured the area and closed off access to the base, forcing many to find refuge in safer locations away from the explosion site.

The incident comes amid a period of extended heatwave in Cambodia, with temperatures reaching as high as 39°C (102°F) in the province. While the effects of heat on ammunition are minimal, the heat can compromise the stability of explosives over time, potentially leading to accidental detonation and chain reactions.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet expressed shock and concern upon learning of the explosion, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation into the cause. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks associated with storing ammunition and explosives in high-temperature environments, highlighting the importance of ensuring safety protocols are diligently followed in military facilities.