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Four missing after South Korea glue factory blast

19 June 2012

Four people were missing after an explosion on June 18 apparently triggered by overheating at a glue factory in a city south of Seoul, police and fire officials said. A fire after the explosion was put out within 30 minutes. The explosion occurred just before noon, destroying one building and damaging three others at the factory in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, 60 kilometres south of the capital, according to Yonhap.

Other than the four workers unaccounted for, eight others were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Police and fire officials said they are investigating the exact cause of the explosion, but suspect it was caused by overheating in a tank while workers were mixing solvents to make glue and resin for paint.

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