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Eight confirmed dead after China petrochemical plant explosion

05 June 2017

A large explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in the city of Linyi, Shandong province, left eight dead and at least nine injured on June 5, according to Chinese media sources, which also said one of the injured was in a critical condition. The incident was triggered when a liquefied gas tanker exploded, starting a fire in the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. 

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Rescue teams have evacuated workers and are monitoring poisonous and combustible chemicals stored at the plant. More than 900 firefighters brought the fire under control after several hours.

According to Xinhua, the owner of the company is in police custody.

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