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China chemical plant explosion kills nine

22 October 2015

An explosion at a chemical factory in eastern China killed nine people and injured two others, one critically, Xinhua said on October 21. The company concerned, Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Co at Pingyi in Shandong province, manufactures explosives for mining and other commercial uses. The cause of the blast is unknown, but is currently being investigated.

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City authorities said the identities of the nine bodies were being determined through DNA tests.

This is the latest in a string of serious accidents involving deadly chemicals in China. In August, 173 people, many of them firefighters, were killed in a chemical explosion in the port of Tianjin involving 700 tons of highly toxic sodium cyanide.

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