19 casualties in Sichuan, as explosion in chemical plant

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An explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said Friday.

The blast occurred at 6:30 pm Thursday night at an industrial park in Sichuan province’s Yibin city, according to a statement on the website of the local work safety administration.

The injured had been taken to hospitals and were in stable condition, county officials said, adding that the resulting fire had been put out.


Photos on a local news site showed what appeared to be the burned out shell of a building surrounded by rubble.

The company that owns the building where the fire occurred is a chemical manufacturer named Hengda, according to the official Xinhua news service.

China has been shaken by a few industrial disasters as of late.

A septic tank blast last November devastated a wide swathe of a light mechanical region in Ningbo, only south of Shanghai.

In 2015, monster concoction impacts in a compartment storeroom murdered no less than 165 individuals in the northern port city of Tianjin.

The blasts caused more than $1 billion worth of damages and outrages at an apparent absence of efficiency and transparency over the causes and its ecological effect.

The government in the long run prescribed 123 individuals be accounted for. Tianjin’s mayor at the event of the disaster was condemned to 12 years in jail for misappropriation in September.

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