Twenty five injured in container ship explosion

Twenty-five workers were injured after an explosion onboard a container ship at the Leam Chabang port in Chonburi, eastern Thailand, this morning (Saturday).

The blast ripped through the Hong Kong-registered vessel at around 8 am this morning, sending huge flames and smoke into the air.

Initial reports said at least 25 port workers were injured and local people were evacuated following the explosion.

Residents in the area were advised to stay indoors after a cloud of unidentified white powder spread across the area.

The director of Thailand Port Authority, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, later said that the incident was under control but advised anyone who lived downwind of the port who had inhaled smoke and felt ill to go to hospital.

Dozens of workers were in the area when the blast happened.