TAIPEI, Taiwan - An explosion occurred yesterday at the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology's (CSIST, 中科院) manufacturing centre in New Taipei City's Sanxia District.
According to the missile research and development institute's Public Relations Director Yen Chao-ying (顏肇瑩), "a fuse test at approximately 4 p.m. in the factory led to a small-scale explosion for unknown reasons."
Two people were injured during the incident. Colonel Chen Kai-lin (陳楷霖), 47, had explosion debris puncture his femur, while 34-year-old technician Major Chu Chia-fa (朱嘉發) was hit by debris that resulted in light abrasions.
The explosion is under investigation, said Yen.
Emergency personnel rushed the two to the Tri-Service General Hospital where they underwent treatment.
The pair are in a stable condition.
Yen said that the small-scale explosion left burn marks in the working area, though there was no real damage to equipment so overall the accident is not considered severe.
The manufacturing centre Director Teng Ming-hua (鄧明華) said yesterday that Chen and Chu were injured as they were not able to get away from the fuse quickly enough.
An ad hoc group will be put together to investigate the incident, said Teng.