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Chemical firm apologises for Taiwan fatal gas explosions

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:59 PM
 
A damaged car is removed from the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Aug 2, 2014. The head of the company allegedly responsible for deadly explosions that rocked Taiwan's second city apologised on Sunday, Aug 3, as the authorities said the company failed to notify them quickly enough of a gas leak blamed for the blasts. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - The head of the company allegedly responsible for deadly explosions that rocked Taiwan's second city apologised on Sunday, as the authorities said the company failed to notify them quickly enough of a gas leak blamed for the blasts.

"Regarding the Kaohsiung explosion, I would like to make an apology to the public on behalf of the company," Mr Lee Bo-wei, chief exeucutive and chairman of LCY Chemical Corp, told reporters with a deep bow of respect.

The blasts sparked massive fires which tore through the city of Kaohsiung's Cianjhen district late Thursday, killing at least 28 people and injuring more than 300.

"We'll by no means shirk responsibility if any is confirmed, nor have we concealed anything," he added. "We want to know the cause more than anyone."

 
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