Explosion at Thai petrochemical plant kills 12
Thai authorities were investigating on Sunday a blast that killed 12 people and injured at least 105 at one of the world's biggest petrochemical hubs.

Explosions started a fire at a chemical factory at the sprawling Map Ta Phut complex - Thailand's biggest industrial estate - on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and workers from the area in Rayong province, about 110 miles east of Bangkok.

The Bangkok Synthetics plant produces butadiene and other raw materials used in the manufacturing of synthetic rubbers and plastic resins.

The blaze has been extinguished and many evacuees have returned home, said Verapong Chaiperm, governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, confirming the number of dead and injured. He said, "The evacuation order has been cancelled while other nearby buildings and factories around the area are under security checks."
Posted by: ryuge 2012-05-06