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Explosion kills one, injures 20 at battery recycling plant in China

11 January 2021

A blast at a battery recycling plant in the city of Ningxiang, China killed one person and injured 20 others on January 7. The explosion happened at a factory belonging to a unit of battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL).

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The blast occurred in a workshop operated by Brunp Recycling Technology, a unit of CATL, in China’s southern province of Hunan. The blast caused a fire which was later brought under control after 288 firefighters and soldiers battled the flames. Local news reported that the blaze and dark smoke could be seen from several miles away.

Ningxiang city officials said that the cause of the blast was unknown and that all the injured were taken to local hospitals. Six of the injured were reported to be in serious condition while 14 others suffered minor injuries.

In a statement, Brunp Recycling Technology said that immediately began dousing the blaze after the explosion. It apologised to the victims and offered condolences to the family of the person who died in the explosion.

An investigation has begun to find the exact cause of the blast.

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