Three workers killed in blast at Thailand ethanol plant

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Three workers were killed in an explosion at an ethanol plant in Thailand's north-eastern province of Khon Kaen, the police said on Monday (Sept 12).

The three workers were repairing the lid of a wastewater tank at an ethanol plant which belongs to Thai Ethanol Power Plc in the province of Khon Kaen, 390km from the capital Bangkok, said Police Lieutenant-Colonel Sarawut Dansuk.

"It could be that there was some kind of gas that leaked out and caused sparks when they were welding the tank lid and that set off an explosion," he said. "An autopsy showed they were killed by the impact from the explosion."

The three killed were Thai nationals, he added.

Police are investigating whether the ethanol company was responsible for the accident.