July 29, 2008

Blast at Chemical Centre in South Korea Kills One, Injures Two

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

Ulsan, South Korea, July 29 (Yonhap) - One person died and two others were seriously injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical centre in Ulsan on Tuesday, local police and fire department officials said.

A 35-year-old senior researcher, identified by his family name of Han, was killed at the the Ulsan Precision Chemical Centre when a powerful explosion hit an analytical laboratory on the second floor at 5:05 p.m., resulting in a fire. Two injured people were carried to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Ulsan is an industrial city located on South Korea's southeast coast.

The fire, extinguished by firemen after 30 minutes, resulted in property damage worth 780 million won (US$772,779), according to the fire department's estimate.

The centre houses laboratories of government and civilian institutes and provides start-ups and small-and medium-sized precision chemical companies with technical assistance.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 1157 29 Jul 08.

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