Ferris wheel catches fire at dinosaur theme park in Bangkok

No injuries are reported following the blaze

Elsa Vulliamy
Sunday 01 May 2016 17:30
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The fire on the 50-foot wheel could be seen from the ground
The fire on the 50-foot wheel could be seen from the ground

A ferris wheel at a newly opened amusement park in Thailand caught fire during a major thunderstorm.

The fire broke out at Bangkok’s Dinosaur Planet theme park, which opened a month ago, when one of the pods on the park’s 50-foot ‘Dinosaur Eye’ caught alight at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

The ride was empty at the time of the fire, as operations had been stopped prior to the storm as part of Dinosaur Planet’s standard safety protocol.

Photos and social media posts showed the pod ablaze, with black smoke billowing into the air.

Fire services were quickly dispatched to the scene, and the park reported no one was injured.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but officials say it could be due to an electrical short-circuit. The rest of the park is open for business.

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