Gas Leak at LG Plant in India Claims 11 Lives, Hundreds More Hospitalized

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The morning of May 7th, an LG Polymers plant that was gearing up to reopen experienced a massive gas leak. The leak has been identified as a vapor form of Styrene, a common base of industrial polymers. The workers were not initially aware of the leak and an LG representative stated that the alarms only go off if Styrene leaks in liquid form. It must have “reacted with something” in order to escape in vapor form. The current estimate of those that have died is 11 people and over 300 people were hospitalized. Most of those affected were found unconscious in their cars, on the streets or on their balconies. The leak is now under control.

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