19 killed in chemical plant blast
BEIJING: An explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said yesterday, the latest industrial accident in a country where lax regulations often lead to tragedy.
The blast occurred at 6.30pm on Thursday at an industrial park in Sichuan province’s Yibin city, according to a website of the local work safety administration.
The injured had been taken to hospital, county officials said, adding that the resulting fire had been put out.
Photos on a local news site showed what appeared to be the burnt shell of a building surrounded by rubble.
The company that owned the building is a chemical manufacturer named Hengda, said the official Xinhua news service.
Firefighters trying to put out a fire at a chemical plant in Yibin, Sichuan province, yesterday.