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Three injured in Ulsan factory explosion

An explosion in a factory complex in Ulsan left three people injured, authorities said Wednesday.

An explosion occurred around 8:25 a.m. in an oil storage tank at the petrochemical firm Kolon Industries’ Ulsan plant. Three subcontracted workers who had climbed the tank to connect a pipeline to the container fell from a height of 1.5 meters in the explosion. One of the workers sustained first-degree burns.

The petroleum resin plant was reportedly conducting a regular maintenance operation, and the investigative authorities believe the explosion resulted from a sudden increase in the pressure of the remaining vapor inside the tank.

The local police and fire agency are investigating the exact cause of the explosion.


(Yonhap)
(Yonhap)

By Choi Ji-won (jwc@heraldcorp.com)

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