PortandTerminal.com, October 23, 2020
Two killed, many injured by gas pipe explosion in Thailand
BANGKOK, THAILAND – This is the terrifying moment a gas pipe exploded killing three people and injuring 28 others at a factory in Thailand on Thursday (October 22).
Dashcam footage from a passing car showed the huge orange ball of flames erupted more than 100 ft into the sky.
The raging flames from the blast in Samut Prakan province could be seen more than 50 miles away in neighbouring Bangkok.
A 36-year-old disabled woman died at the scene while two pensioners in their eighties died later in hospital. Twenty-eight others were seriously injured.
Pictures show children from a neighbouring school running away in panic as the mushroom-shaped Hiroshima-style plume of smoke soared into the sky. Others were covered in burns and carried away into ambulances.
Terrified locals fled from their homes and other building in the area, with at least 20 cars and 10 houses damaged by the blast.
Dozens of fire trucks raced to the scene to bring the fire under control. The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air and they filled the sky on the approaching flight path to the country’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
Electricity to neighbouring buildings was cut following the blast and the fire, which was brought under control by 4 pm.
Wutthikorn Stithit, senior executive vice president of PTT’s gas business unit, said the explosion came from a gas pipe leading to the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi.
Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchamnong, police spokesman, said the gas pipe exploded on 200 Years Road, opposite Preng police station in Bang Bo district.
In a statement, the company said the explosion was caused by a gas leak from one of the pipes. They are investigating the explosion.
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