Eight killed in Thai oil tanker explosion

An explosion on an oil tanker in Thailand has taken the lives of eight people.

The blast occurred on Tuesday morning. The tanker was docked for repairs in the Mae Klong river in the central province of Samutsongkram.

According to the provincial governor, 10 people were on board at the time. Authorities think the explosion might have been caused by a spark from repair work igniting the ship's oil tank. The blaze had been extinguished as of Tuesday afternoon.

The boom was reportedly heard 10 kilometers away. More than 70 houses in the area felt the impact. No oil leakage has been reported so far.