Chem­i­cal blast kills 6 at In­ter­net cafe in China

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

BEI­JING: An ex­plo­sion caused by il­le­gally stored chem­i­cals has killed six peo­ple and in­jured 38 at an In­ter­net cafe in south­west China, state me­dia and the govern­ment said Sun­day. The blast oc­curred in a shop next to the cafe un­der a bridge late Satur­day, the Kaili city govern­ment in Guizhou prov­ince said in a state­ment. The of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said nine of those hurt were se­ri­ously in­jured.

Packs of highly con­cen­trated alu­minum chlo­ride and sodium ni­trite, which are haz­ardous, were stacked up against a wall in a shop that sold chem­i­cals ad­ja­cent to the In­ter­net cafe, the re­port said. It did not say how the chem­i­cals were ig­nited.

Po­lice have de­tained a per­son named Wu Zhanzhi for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of the chem­i­cals, while the cafe's boss and man­ager were also be­ing held by po­lice for ques­tion­ing, it said.

The ex­plo­sion was so pow­er­ful it shat­tered the win­dows of nearby res­i­den­tial build­ings, Xin­hua said. -Ap

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