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Taiwan mourns blast victims as authorities raid gas companies

Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:30 PM
 
Rescue workers burn ghost money to the victims of the gas explosion in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung on Aug 2, 2014. Taiwan authorities raided the offices of two firms linked to massive gas explosions that killed 28 people as the island flew flags at half-mast on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014, to mourn the blast victims and 48 killed in an earlier plane crash. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan authorities raided the offices of two firms linked to massive gas explosions that killed 28 people as the island flew flags at half-mast Tuesday to mourn the blast victims and 48 killed in an earlier plane crash.

Prosecutors overnight searched the offices of LCY Chemical Corp, a company allegedly responsible for the deadly explosions last Thursday that also injured more than 300 in the island's second largest city Kaohsiung.

They also raided China General Terminal Distribution Corp, a chemical distributor contracted by LCY Chemical to deliver propene from a pier to a chemical plant 20 kilometres away through an LCY Chemical-owned pipeline system beneath the city.

Prosecutors took away documents from the two firms that recorded the shipment of propene which prosecutor Huang Yuan-kuan said "should be useful in helping clarify the case".

 
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