China fireworks factory explosion kills 12
23 September 2014
A blast at Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others in the city of Liling in Hunan province, the Xinhua news agency reported on September 23. A further two people were also missing following the explosion. The blast left surrounding areas scattered with debris and glass shards from broken windows of nearby houses, Xinhua said.
Local authority sources were quoted as saying the factory was properly licensed, and were unable to confirm a cause although it was classified as a work safety incident.
China is the world's largest producer of fireworks, which are widely used to celebrate the lunar new year. The industry suffers from lax controls and there have been a number of deadly incidents in recent years.
Last year, an explosion at fireworks factory in Guangxi killed 11 people and injured 17 others, while an accident in February 2013 saw a truck carrying fireworks explode on an elevated highway in Henan province, killing at least five people and causing part of the road to collapse.