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Eleven killed in China firework factory blast

04 November 2013

At least 11 workers have been killed after an explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China. Seventeen others were injured in the blast which took place in the city of Cenxi in the Guangxi region. Most of the victims were female workers who were assembling fuses for firecrackers, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The factory was reduced to rubble by the blast, which also shook nearby buildings and blew out windows. Several other buildings were also damaged by the blast

Two factory executives were detained according to the Guangxi Work Safety Bureau. The cause of the explosion was not known.

Wang Dexue, deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, told China Daily earlier this year that workplace safety was a major problem in China as negligence by local work safety supervisors has led to frequent industrial accidents in the country, particularly in the mining industry.

A total of 27,700 people died or went missing in workplace accidents in the first half of this year, according to state authorities. 

A fire that killed 119 people at a poultry plant in Northeast China's Jilin province in June raised concerns about work safety conditions and led to a nationwide work safety overhaul. 

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