Nineteen die in chemical plant blast
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.