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Four dead after methanol tank explosion in India

03 January 2020

An explosion inside a methanol storage tank on December 30 killed four people in the state of Gujarat, northwest India. The blast occurred after a fire broke out inside a storage tank belonging to Indian Molasses Company (IMC).

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The four men who died consisted of an IMC employee and three labourers who were conducting an inspection of the storage tank when the explosion occurred. The blast blew the roof of the storage tank off.

A fire lasted several hours, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to other nearby storage tanks which were holding around 1,800 tonnes of methanol.

The storage terminal where the explosion happened is located in Kandla town, a short distance from Kandla Port. In the area there are 12 terminals consisting of over 100 tanks in which chemicals and oils are stored. According to local police, the blast occurred just 500 metres away from storage tanks belonging to Indian Oil which contained large quantities of petroleum. 

The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed. An investigation into the incident is underway.

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