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Two dead and 26 injured in China food dye factory blast

02 April 2012

On March 30, two people were killed and a further 26 were injured, when an explosion rocked a food dye factory in Wuhan, in Central China's Hubei province. A three-story workshop collapsed following the blast, which is being blamed on a pressurised reaction kettle used in manufacturing, which occurred during a changeover in shifts. 

The factory is responsible for producing a colouring agent used in the food and pharmaceutical industries and employs 56 workers. A reaction kettle is a container in which raw materials are heated, distilled and cooled.

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