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Metal dust explosion kills 75 at China car parts factory

04 August 2014

State media has said 75 are known to have died in China's worst industrial accident this year with nearly 200 more badly injured by the 2nd August 2014 blast. Most of the injured were burned by the metal dust sticking to their skin as a result of the explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.

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It is believed the accident occurred when fine metal dust in the air, caused by polishing the car hub caps, was ignited. The factory supplies motoring companies including General Motors with parts.

Video taken by local residents showed thick, black smoke coming from the plant as badly burnt and discoloured bodies were loaded onto a truck as the injured survivors were treated by emergency services at the scene.

The source of the ignition has not yet been determined. 

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