UPDATE: Ammonia Leak at Pattaya Area Ice Factory Under Control, Over 160 People Affected

Nongprue, Near Pattaya —

The situation at the Banglamung Ice Factory near Pattaya is now under control following a reported explosion and ammonia leak that occurred late last night. The factory has already resumed normal operations, and the leak has been sealed.

First our previous story:

In the late hours of April 17th, 2024, the quiet of Chonburi Province was shattered by a chemical explosion at the Banglamung Ice Factory. The blast, which occurred at approximately 11:36 p.m., sent chemical clouds billowing into the night sky, prompting immediate action from local officials.

Now for our update:

The Pattaya News reporters went to the factory at 9:30 AM today, April 18th, and observed that a team of officials from Nongprue Municipality, the Chonburi Provincial Public Health Department, Banglamung Hospital, and the Department of Labor Protection had already set up a command center and first aid station to assist affected residents and factory workers.

Mr. Boonanan Pattanasin, the manager of the Banglamung Ice Factory, apologized for the incident and expressed gratitude to the authorities and emergency personnel for their quick response. He also assured the public that the leak has been contained and that the factory is now operating normally.

Mr. Boonanan added that a thorough inspection will be conducted to identify the source of the leak. However, he confirmed that there was no explosion or fire at the factory, only an ammonia leak.

According to Mr. Boonanan, the leak was believed to have been caused by a startled employee who failed to close the valve during the incident. This resulted in ammonia being released into the air, affecting more than 100 nearby residents and causing eye and nose irritation. The factory management has visited and assisted those affected, and most have been discharged from the hospital. Only a few factory workers remain hospitalized for observation, Mr. Boonanan stated to The Pattaya News.

According to the official report, around 160 people have been affected by the ammonia leak. Three people are currently being treated as more severe, but not critical, patients.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.