China chemical plant blast kills two, injures five
04 April 2016
An explosion at a chemical plant in China’s eastern Shandong Province has left two people dead and five others hospitalised, state news agency Xinhua reported on April 4. The accident occurred when a waste water treatment device blew up Sunday night at the plant in Dezhou City. No chemical leaks were detected at the site owned by Lianhetech, a private high-tech chemical corporation.
Xinhua cited local government sources as saying that seven victims were transported to hospital, where two of them succumbed to their injuries while the others remain in stable condition.
Dozens of people are killed in industrial accidents in China each year, raising questions about lax safety regulations in the country.
In mid-January, at least four workers died in a blast at a machinery factory in China’s largest city Shanghai.
One week later, three people were killed and more than 50 injured when explosions ripped through a fireworks factory in eastern Jiangxi Province, causing the evacuation of 1,000 nearby residents.