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Explosion in plastics refinery injures 3 in Taiwan

Christian Fernsby |
Three workers suffered injuries on July 15 after an explosion and fire t the Formosa Plastics refinery in Yunlin County, Taiwan.

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The blast comes just a year after a similar explosion at the same plant and will likely see the owner, Formosa Plastics, fined for breaching air pollution laws.

According to news website Taiwan English News, 23 fire trucks attended the scene with 75 firefighters dispatched to battle the blaze.

The explosion happened at around 09:00 local time at the Formosa Plastics Mialiao refinery.

A local fire official said that the primary combustion material consisted of heavy oil and hydrogen.

The fire was brought under control after a short period of time.

Taiwan English News reports Yunlin County Magistrate Zhang Li-shan had expressed anger over the incident due to it occurring just over a year after a similar explosion at the same refinery in April 2019.

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