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China chemical plant blast kills one, injures nine

24 August 2015

One person has been killed and nine injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in China's eastern Shandong province, according to state media. The explosion at the Runxing chemical factory in Zibo city shattered windows and vibrations could be felt 2km from the site. The blast on August 22 comes just 10 days after the chemical warehouse explosions at Tianjin, which killed at least 121.

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The state-run Beijing Times said the Runxing plant contained adiponitrile - a colourless liquid that releases poisonous gases when burned. 150 firefighters and 20 fire engines were tackiling the subsequent blaze and local environmental authorities said no contamination had been detected.

This latest chemical plant incident will fuel the widespread anger displayed after the Tianjin disaster about the effectiveness of China's regulatory bodies and their ability to oversee the country’s high hazard industries.

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