Explosion in Bangkok, Thailand.
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On Thursday, a natural gas line exploded in Bangkok killing three and injuring 28 others.
Authorities reported that the gas pipeline which is owned by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand is used to supply natural gas to several factories, in the Bang Bo district of the Samut Prakan province. The pipeline exploded all of a sudden and a massive fire ensued. Soon after the explosion, people were seen running in fear, some were in flames. The injured were rushed to six different hospitals.
The blast caused a fire that quickly spread into nearby residential houses resulting in extensive damage to four houses, and half a dozen had roof damage. Firefighters were immediately deployed to the scene. Around 40-50 fire engines were sent to the area. The firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze in an hour.
The Energy Ministry Deputy Director General Thawal Thanakitcharoenphat said an excavator was working close to the pipeline illegally, but an investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the explosion.