Taiwan mourns blast victims as authorities raid gas companies
Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:30 PM
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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