Explosion at Hanwha Chemical plant, South Korea kills 6 workers

Explosion at Hanwha Chemical plant, South Korea kills 6 workers

10:10 AM, 3rd July 2015
Explosion at Hanwha Chemical plant, South Korea kills 6 workers
An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers and injured one, said fire officials. Ulsan Fire Department said the explosion occurred around 0916 local time (0016GMT) and an investigation is under way to determine the exact cause of the accident. (© Newz Bulletin photo)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers and injured one, fire officials said, as per local media reports.

The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Corporation in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the officials.

Ulsan Fire Department said the explosion occurred around 0916 local time (0016GMT) and an investigation is under way to determine the exact cause of the accident. The exact cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately known. But fire officer Kim Jung-sik said that gas trapped inside the storage might have triggered the blast.

South Korean media reported the six workers were on top of the storage at the time of the explosion, but fire officials said they couldn’t immediately confirm the reports.

The affected plant makes polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a general-purpose plastic used in wide range of products.

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