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Taiwan chemical plant explosion causes widespread evacuation

09 April 2019

An explosion occurred at a factory in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Industrial Complex belonging to the Formosa Chemicals and Fibre Corporation on the afternoon of April 7. According to initial reports, no one was harmed in the explosion, which was the result of a faulty pipe supplying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to the aromatics plant.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

A spokesperson for the company told Taiwan’s CNA that no personnel were harmed, that the incident was under control and that the explosion will not affect business operations moving forward.

According to the company statement, a spurt of LPG ignited during an on-site safety and fire protection system’s test, resulting in the blast and smoke which alarmed the nearby community.

More than 10,000 people from five villages nearby were evacuated after the blast due to fears of a gas leak.

The chemical plant was handed a preliminary fine of 5 million new Taiwan dollars (about $162,000) over the violation of air pollution regulations by the county government.


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