Nine­teen die in chem­i­cal plant blast

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

SHANG­HAI: An ex­plo­sion at a chem­i­cal plant in China has killed 19 peo­ple and in­jured 12, of­fi­cials say.

It’s not yet clear what caused the blast on Thurs­day night at an in­dus­trial park in Chengdu, the cap­i­tal of south-west­ern prov­ince Sichuan, au­thor­i­ties in Jiang’an county said.

The blast is the lat­est deadly in­dus­trial in­ci­dent in China, which is the largest pro­ducer of chem­i­cals.

State news agency Xin­hua says the in­jured are in a sta­ble con­di­tion and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the blast at Yibin Hengda Tech­nol­ogy is un­der way.

Pho­to­graphs on Chi­nese so­cial me­dia show a huge fire and plumes of smoke ris­ing from the fa­cil­ity.

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