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Chemical explosion at South Korean factory kills one, injures three

14 May 2019

A chemical explosion at a factory that produces mobile phone parts in central South Korea killed one worker and seriously injured three others on May 13, firefighters told the Yonhap news agency. The accident occurred in Jecheon, some 168 kilometres southeast of Seoul, apparently after sodium exploded on the production line.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The fire service contained the blaze caused by the explosion within about 10 minutes. The injured were immediately transported to nearby hospitals. Media photos showed that one building at the factory was damaged, but no other buildings on the factory were harmed.

Authorities believe that the explosion took place on the first floor of the building when the workers were testing a device. Police and the fire service are investigating the accident to determine the exact cause.

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