Blast in chemical plant in China kills 19, injures 12

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2018

Nineteen people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, local authorities said.

The explosion left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said on July 13, the latest industrial accident in a country where lax regulations often lead to tragedy.

The blast happened Thursday at 6:30 PM local time in China's southwestern province of Sichuan at a plant run by Yibin Hengda Technology, which is a company that produces chemicals for both pharmaceutical and food industries. "It took a couple dozen firefighter trucks to put out the fire".

Video footage of the accident in Jiang'an district shows a massive fire ripping though the building and sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air.

China has been rocked by several industrial accidents in recent years.

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A trio of three-storey buildings were reduced to their steel frames by the explosion, the Sichuan Daily newspaper said, citing eyewitness accounts.

Windows of nearby buildings were shattered by the explosion at the factory, which is surrounded by a sand and gravel plant, it added.

China's breakneck pace of economic growth during the last decade has resulted in a spate of industrial accidents.

In 2015, a blast in a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin left 165 people dead and multiple injured.

Last year, a blast at a petrochemical plant in eastern Shandong province killed eight people and injured nine. China is known to have reoccurring chemical plant explosions.

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