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Gas plant explosion injures five in Thailand

30 August 2022

An explosion at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant near Bangkok, Thailand injured five people on August 30. The incident happened in the early hours of the morning and left three workers in serious conditions with severe burns.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The explosion happened at the VIP Petroleum Plant in Samut Prakarn province south of Bangkok. Five workers were injured by the explosion which occurred after a large cylinder of LPG caught fire. The blaze spread to several smaller cylinders which also exploded and set fire to several of the worker’s houses nearby. Several cars, motorcycles, and tyres also caught fire.

Firefighters and a rescue team were called to the scene whether they spent an hour battling the blaze. The gas plant has around 30 employees, who live in nearby houses, however none of them were inside the plant at the time of the explosion. Several workers who were awakened by the explosion went to investigate and suffered injuries after attempting to stop the blaze spreading.

An investigation into the incident has been opened by local officials.

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