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Adhesive factory explosion injures six in South Korea

18 May 2023

An explosion and fire at an adhesive factory in Cheonan, South Korea injured six people on 18 May. Officials said that three of the injured are in a serious condition while two are in critical conditions after receiving burns all over their bodies.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The incident happened at around 10:00 local time at an acrylic adhesive manufacturing plant in the central city of Cheonan, around 53 miles (85km) south of Seoul.

The local fire department said that it took around two hours to extinguish a fire at the site which had partially destroyed two factory buildings. Officials said that there was no chemical leak as a result of the blast.

An investigation has been opened to determine the exact cause and circumstances of the initial explosion.

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