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Chemical factory explosion kills six in China

04 August 2020

An explosion killed six workers at a chemical plant in Xintao City, China on August 3. The blast in central China’s Hubei province happened in a workshop of an organic silicon company and injured four people in addition to the six people killed.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

State news agency Xinhua reports that the flash explosion happened at around 07:00 on August 3 and was eventually extinguished at around 17:30 local time. Images posted by Xinhua show a burnt-out multi-storey building with dark smoke rising from all sides. 

None of the injured workers are thought to be in a critical condition but were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. 

The company which owns the factory said that all production has stopped and that an investigation is underway. 

Chemical factories in China have been under increased scrutiny since a March 2019 blast in which 78 people were killed and hundreds injured. The explosion was one of China’s worst industrial accidents, razing an industrial park and blowing out the windows of surrounding buildings.

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