Monday, July 5, 2021

Bangkok factory explosion reportedly injured 30 people and damaged 70 houses


The 32-year-old factory makes expandable polystyrene foam. According to the department of industrial works, styrene monomer, a base chemical needed to make foam, is highly flammable and polystyrene releases toxic chemicals when heated.

Al Jazeera:

firefighters are concerned about potential new explosions due to the presence of 20,000 litres of highly flammable chemicals and are struggling to bring the blaze under control.

Meanwhile, "Azerbaijan says 'mud volcano' caused Caspian Sea explosion":

Azerbaijan is known as the “Land of Fire” because of its subterranean oil and natural gas reserves. The explorer Marco Polo wrote about the fires – caused by the burning gas – in the 13th century.