LG Chemical Factory's gas leaked suddenly: 9 people died and hundreds were hospitalized

On May 7, 2020, styrene gas leaked at the LG Polymer Plant near a village in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, South India, killing at least 9 people and rushing 300 to 400 to hospital and another 1,500 people were evacuated.

LG Chemical Factory's gas leaked suddenly: at least 9 people died and hundreds were hospitalized

LG Chemical said that the current gas leakage incident has been controlled and is investigating the cause of the accident and assessing the losses of the residents of the town.
According to reports, a chemical gas leak occurred at the plant around 3am that day. Residents within 3 kilometres of the incident panic, many people were unconscious on the road, and some people had difficulty breathing. Some people have rashes on their bodies and their eyes feel burning.

Local police said the chemical gas leaked from two unattended 5,000-ton storage tanksAn LG Chemical Seoul spokesman said that since the outbreak in late March, India has implemented a blockade. The factory has been temporarily transported and is currently preparing to resume production.


According to the company's website, the polystyrene products produced by LG's polymer plant are mainly used to manufacture various consumer products such as electric fan blades, cups and tableware, toys and cosmetic containers. Its raw material, styrene, is a highly flammable material that emits toxic gases after burning.
The factory's sales last year were 222.8 billion won (about 1.302 billion yuan), and the current net profit was 6.3 billion won.
At present, the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Indian Prime Minister Modi tweeted that he had learned about the accident with the Indian Ministry of the Interior and the National Disaster Management Agency and prayed that everyone was safe and healthy.


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