The mysterious loud bangs heard near the Thai-Cambodian border in Si Sa Ket this morning were from an unidentified mid-air explosion, 2nd Army chief Lt Gen Thawatchai Samutsakhon on Thursday.
He said there three or four reports of loud bangs about 11am.
They occurred about 10,000 feet above tambon Sao Thongchai in Kantharalak district.
Metal debris was later found scattered over the area. No one was injured, Lt Gen Thawatchai said.
Two or three similar incidents had previously been reported in this area but the cause remained unknown. He did not believe the explosions indicated an attack by Cambodian troops.
The reports triggered panic in the communities in this border tambon as the villagers assumed it was another shelling by Cambodian artillery.
Shortly after the explosions were heard, a piece of metal about 1 metre long and half a metre wide was found in a field at Phumsarol Witthaya School, said Chokchai Saikaeo, president of tambon Sao Thongchai administration organisation.
The same school was hit by artillery fire during the fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces earlier this year.
Mr Chokchai also said several more bits of similarly burned yellowish metal were later found in nearby spots in the tambon.
Troops who went to investigate the reports said the metal debris could be from a satellite, reports said, but there was no confirmation.
According to Space.com, Russia’s troubled, toxic fuel-loaded Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which is stuck in low-Earth orbit due to an engine failure rather than on its way to Mars, appears to be doomed, with small pieces of the wayward probe already falling to Earth. There was no confirmation that the incident in Si Sa Ket was linked to this.
The satellite was expected to fall back to Earth in January.
More pictures of space debris Here
Source and author: bangkokpost