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Village in northern China destroyed and 14 killed in massive explosion

26 October 2016

On October 24, an explosion destroyed much of Dajingta village in Shaanxi Province, China, including a kindergarten and a hospital, killing at least 14 and injuring a further 147. Residents said the accident had been caused by explosives illegally stored in a residential neighbourhood, according to People's Daily Online.

Dajingta after the blast - Image Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock
Dajingta after the blast - Image Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Among the injured, 106 have been hospitalised and 41 have returned home following treatment, authorities in charge of rescue work said the following day.

The explosion, which occurred in a residential compound, destroyed a hospital and a kindergarten, and damaged 58 nearby houses and 63 cars.

An initial investigation indicated that the explosives were stored in a few prefabricated houses inside the compound. The houses in question are owned by a local villager and were rented out in September.

The owner has been detained by the police and an investigation is under way.

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