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Dust explosion at Korean chemical plant kills one, injures four

19 October 2016

A dust explosion in a silo at the Star Chemical company plant in the city of Gumi in south eastern South Korea left one worker dead and four others injured on October 19, the Yonhap agency reported. A silo containing terephthalic acid powder caught fire while workers were removing the silo's pipes. The chemical is a raw material used in producing polyester, widely used for clothes.

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The fire was extinguished about 40 minutes after it broke out thanks to 20 fire trucks and 140 personnel that were dispatched to the scene. None of the injured were said to be in a life-threatening condition. Police are questioning the survivors to determine what caused the accident.

Yonhap said the company was taking procedures to go into liquidation due to financial difficulties.

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