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Jimmy Barnes And His Family Narrowly Escape Bangkok Bombings

"A bomb or something has exploded in Bangkok, very close to us!"

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At least 19 are reportedly dead after a bombing in central Bangkok overnight.

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More than 120 people were left injured, police say, with the blast going off near the five-star Grand Hyatt Erawan in the Thai capital.

This morning, reports have surfaced of Australian rockstar Jimmy Barnes and his family only narrowly missing the bombings after taking the decision to use an above ground walkway.

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The Age is reporting that the family chose to take an overhead bridge to the Bangkok Skytrain before feeling the blast go off near them, shattering the glass windows of the covered walkway.

Jimmy's wife Jane tweeted from the scene.

A bomb or something has exploded in Bangkok, very close to us! #explosioninBangkok

Following a few hours, Barnes and his family returned to their hotel - fully aware of how close they came to death.

We have been able to cross back to our hotel. Bombs diffused. Bodies still covered on road, terrible, so sad #bangkok

You can follow BuzzFeed News' live coverage of the aftermath of the bombings here.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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