19 killed in chem­i­cal plant blast

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

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.

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Fire­fight­ers try­ing to put out a fire at a chem­i­cal plant in Yibin, Sichuan prov­ince, yes­ter­day.

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