Explosion at China chemical plant injures seven workers
05 October 2015
Seven workers were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Zhejiang Province, Xinhua reported local authorities as saying on October 5. The blast occurred at Zhejiang Hongxiang Chemical Co. Ltd, in Shangyu City, two of the injured are in a serious condition, local authorities said.
About 70 firefighters and 22 fire engines rushed to put out the blaze and prevent the flames from reaching a nearby warehouse containing 50 tonnes of inflammable chemicals, including sodium chlorate.
The disaster sparked fears over pollutants contaminating the air and water.
Several cases of explosions in chemical plants have been reported in recent months in China including the massive explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin where highly toxic chemicals including stockpiles of cyanide were stored.
Over 170 people were killed while hundreds others were injured in the Tianjin blasts which took place in August. Another explosion at a chemical plant in Shandong killed one person and injured nine in the same month.