Bangkok factory explosion kills 1, forces thousands to evacuate their homes

Bangkok factory explosion kills 1, forces thousands to evacuate their homes

Thousands of people on the outskirts of the Thai capital were evacuated on Monday as firefighters battled fires after a factory explosion that killed a rescuer and injured 29 people, officials said.

Residents of Samut Prakan province who live within 5 km of the factory, owned by a Taiwanese company, have been relocated as a precaution, authorities said.

Local disaster authorities said 70 homes were damaged and fires were still in progress nine hours after the explosion in the early hours of Monday. The cause of the explosion had not yet been determined.

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“At first it was like lightning. After that I heard something loudly fall, and for a while the house started to shake like there was an earthquake,” Baitong Nisarat said. , a resident.

The factory, which manufactures expandable polystyrene foam, is located about 5 km from Bangkok’s main international airport, Suvarnabhumi.

The airport said flights and its operations were unaffected by the explosion.