At least 160 people within a 1-kilometre radius have been affected by ammonia after an explosion at an ice factory in Chonburi province.

An explosion and ammonia leak at an ice factory in Thailand’s Chonburi province has affected at least 160 people within a one-kilometre radius of the Banglamung Ice Plant, Matichon reported.

Rescuers swiftly mobilized to the scene, discovering an ammonia leak that had affected an area with a radius of about a kilometre around the plant. Plant workers and residents within a two-kilometre radius were promptly evacuated, ensuring their safety.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud pop at the ice factory, followed by billows of smoke. Those who inhaled the gas experienced severe eye and nose irritation, and some even lost consciousness.

The victims, in their distress, were met with compassionate care from the rescuers. By 5 a.m. Thursday, over 40 people had received help, and by the end of the day, this number had doubled to more than 100. After receiving first aid, the injured were promptly sent to local hospitals for further treatment.

Banglamung District Chief Uikit Manarotekit said Pattaya firefighters closed ammonia valves at the Banglamung Ice Plant and sprayed water to neutralise the gas leak.

Rescuers spray water to contain an ammonia leak at an ice factory in Banglamung district, Chonburi province (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Banglamung health officials advise residents not to eat food exposed to the leaked ammonia.

Health Minister Cholnan Srikajeev said the ammonia leak is under control, and health officials have been sent to inspect the affected area.

According to the minister, 160 people were affected by the incident. Nine of them are serious.

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