A British man has been killed in an accident with a firework at a New 12 months’s Eve get together in Thailand, native police have mentioned.
Gary McLaren, from Northamptonshire, died when a firework he was making an attempt to gentle exploded within the seaside city of Pattaya.
The 50-year-old died on the scene, simply after midnight.
A International Workplace spokeswoman mentioned they had been supporting the household of a British man who died in Thailand.
Lt Col Somboon Ua-samanmaitree of the Thai Vacationer Police mentioned: “Round midnight, Mr McLaren tried to gentle up a big firework but it surely didn’t go off at first. After that, it abruptly exploded and killed him on the scene.”
Police mentioned Mr McLaren, who was initially from Corby in Northamptonshire, had visited Thailand earlier than and arrived a number of days earlier than New 12 months’s Eve.
In accordance with his LinkedIn profile, Mr McLaren labored in a technical position for the Worldwide Highway-Racing Groups Affiliation.
He beforehand spent 11 years working for the Suzuki MotoGP workforce, who tweeted they had been “shocked and unhappy” to study of his loss of life.
The publish mentioned that he had “remained a very good pal to us all whereas he continued working within the paddock for IRTA”, including “we’ll actually miss him”.
Other tributes on social media described him as “some of the in style” members of the Grand Prix motorbike racing neighborhood, a “an awesome man” and a “actual skilled”.
The Bangkok Publish reported that police and rescue staff arrived to discover a crowd of individuals and Mr McLaren mendacity on the bottom with severe facial accidents. A big firework was discovered on the scene.
The paper mentioned a witness described seeing the British man celebrating New 12 months’s Eve with mates. Mr McLaren tried and didn’t gentle the firework earlier than it abruptly exploded, the witness mentioned.