Volume 92 Issue 32 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 11, 2014

Deadly Chemical Blasts In Taiwan

Process safety: Operator allegedly let propylene leak for two hours prior to accident
Department: Business

A series of explosions caused by leaks in an underground propylene pipeline in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city, killed 30 people and injured 300 more on the evening of July 31, according to the state-owned Central News Agency. The pipe was bringing raw material to LCY, a chemical company that operates several plants in the industrial city.

Five firefighters were among the dead, the news agency reported. The blasts occurred when . . .

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