9 Killed in China's Explosives Factory Blast

The blast occurred at a workshop of Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Co Ltd destroying 401 workshops at the plant which manufactures explosives.

Published: 21st October 2015 08:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2015 08:47 PM   |  A+A-


BEIJING: Nine persons including a woman were killed and two others injured today when a blast ripped through an explosives factory in China's eastern Shandong Province, the latest industrial accident to hit the country.

The blast occurred at a workshop of Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Co Ltd in Pingyi County, Linyi City in the morning, destroying 401 workshops. The plant manufactures explosives.

All nine workers in the workshop were killed and two in a neighbouring workshop were injured, one critically.

The nine killed includes a 26-year-old women and eight men aged between 24 and 41. DNA testing is under way to confirm the bodies.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

The rescue work ended with search and rescue experts confirming the nine fatalities, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The company, founded in 1958, is a designated manufacturer of explosive materials for civil use.

A number of explosions in chemical factories have been reported in recent months.

In China's worst industrial accident, twin blasts destroyed a huge warehouse which stored an assortment of highly explosive chemicals in Tianjin city on August 12 in which 173 people were killed and over 700 were injured.


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