Industrial park blast kills 19, hurts 12 in southwest China

14 Julio, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • The burned out Yibin Hengda facility

A explosion on Thursday, July 12 at a chemical plant in China's Sichuan Province has resulted in 19 deaths with another 12 injured.

The deadly blast gutted the Yibin Hengda Technology Co in Yibin, Sichuan.

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

Xinhua cited the Jiang'an county government as saying the fire was put out on Friday morning and the injured were in stable condition.

The country has introduced measures to improve industrial safety over the a year ago, following incidents at coal mines and chemical plants.

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Photos circulating on social media showed plumes of smoke coming out from the remains of the building.

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

The plant has three production lines, making 300 tonnes per year (tpy) of benzoic acid, which is used in food preservatives, and 2,000 tpy of 5-nitroisophthalic acid, for medicines and dyes, the regional environmental protection bureau says.

In 2015, an explosion in a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin killed 165 people.

An explosion at a chemical plant in China kills 19 people. China is known to have reoccurring chemical plant explosions.

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