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Five killed in latest China chemical plant blast

03 September 2015

The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Shandong province on August 31 has risen to five, state news agency Xinhua reported. The fire at the Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co Ltd, in Lijin county, was extinguished before dawn on September 2, and waste water from the plant had been sealed without any spillover.

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The cause of the incident at the adhesive materials plant was under investigation, Xinhua  said, without giving further details.

This follows the far larger blast in the port city of Tianjin earlier last month which killed over 160.

The spate of chemical plant explosions in China have raised questions about safety standards in China, where industrial accidents are all too common following three decades of breakneck economic growth.


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