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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bangkok refinery closed after explosion and fire‎

An explosion at an oil refinery in an industrial area of Bangkok has sparked a massive fire, sending a thick column of smoke into the air that could be seen across the Thai capital.

There were no reported injuries in the blast and subsequent fire, which prompted the government to close the 120,000 barrels-a-day refinery for at least 30 days.

Early investigations by operator Bangchak Petroleum suggested the blast was caused by an oil or gas leak, according to the company's president Anusorn Sangnimnuan.

"There are no injuries. We assume oil or gas leaked out and somehow it caught fire," he said.

"I don't think the cause was human error, it was caused by equipment."

Emergency services said there had been no casualties, but Bangkok authorities distributed masks to thousands of nearby residents to prevent smoke inhalation.

Responding to the blast, Industry Minister Pongsawat Sawadiwat said the refinery will be shut for at least a month. Read More