Explosion kills four workers in northern Vietnam
31 October 2016
Four female workers were killed and 11 others injured when steam boilers and gas cylinders exploded at a manufacturing plant in the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh on October 29, according to VN Express International. 19 employees were working at the plant in Thuy Hai Commune, Thai Thuy District, when the blast happened.
The explosion destroyed the plant, which processes seafood to produce fish powder, and damaged a number of houses nearby, according to local police.
VN Express also reported an earlier incident when a pack of hydrogen-filled balloons exploded, injuring ten people at a Mid-Autumn Festival party. Three of the victims were children. A witness said she saw two young men using a lighter to burn the string that were tying the balloons together, but the pack caught fire and exploded.
The incident has raised safety concerns nationwide regarding the use of hydrogen and other flammable gases in balloons. Inert gases such as helium are generally used as a safer alternative to highly flammable hydrogen, but are more expensive.