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Explosion at Zambian explosives factory injures 28

31 March 2014

Operations at the Solar Explochem Zambia factory in Chambishi have been suspended following an explosion that left 28 people injured on March 28, according to the Zambia Daily Mail. Among the injured are eight workers and 20 pupils of Misakashi Primary School, which is located next to the company’s plant. 

The factory supplies explosives to the Zambian copper mining industry
The factory supplies explosives to the Zambian copper mining industry

The company, which employs 65 people, manufactures mining explosives.

The Zambian Mine Safety Department (MSD) has suspended operations at the company pending an investigation.

Copperbelt commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa said: “Some workers were burning garbage and waste explosives when the explosion happened, leaving the workers and pupils with minor injuries. Only one sustained serious injuries.”  

She said the school building was damaged in the explosion. Other nearby houses have also been damaged.

The Zambia Daily Mail said local residents have demanded that those children injured in the explosion be given thorough medical check-ups as several have continuous coughs, headaches and other body pains since the blast.

In 2005, at least 50 people died in a blast at the BGRIMM explosives factory in Chambishi. The factory, located on the premises of the Chambishi mine, was a major supplier of explosives to Zambia’s copper mining industry.

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