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Malaysia quarry explosion kills one, injures 11

22 July 2013

A Nepalese man was killed and 11 others injured in a July 20 blast at a quarry in Seri Alam, Johor, in Malaysia. The massive explosion caused rocks and boulders to rain down on a light industrial park some 500 metres below the site. The flying boulders damaged 14 factories, 18 cars and an electrical substation over a one-kilometre square area.

Johor Fire and Rescue Services Department assistant director of operations, Mohd Rizal Buang said the casualties included seven who were severely injured. He said operation of the quarry had been suspended immediately.

Local sources said smaller rocks from blasts at the quarry had hit factories in the industrial park before and complaints had been made to the authorities, but no action against the quarry owners had been taken.

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