Explosions at petrochemical factory

Large flames and clouds of black smoke filled the air after two explosions at an oil-and-gas filtration plant owned by IRPC Plc in Rayong's Muang district on Monday evening.

There were no injuries. 

Nattapon Natthasomboon, director-general of the Department of Industrial Works, said the blasts erupted from a gas tank within the compound. Firefighters were able to control the fire after about an hour, he added.

Pollution Control Department director-general Wichian Joongrungruang said reports of a pungent stench that had been emanating from the factory may be linked to the cause of the explosions. An investigative team has begun conducting further investigation.

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