Ex­plo­sion at chem­i­cal plant in China kills 1

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An ex­plo­sion at a chem­i­cal plant in eastern China killed one per­son and in­jured nine oth­ers, a state news agency re­ported Sun­day, less than two weeks af­ter a sim­i­lar dis­as­ter at a chem­i­cal ware­house killed 123 peo­ple.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred just be­fore 9 p.m. Satur­day in Zibo, Shan­dong province, Xin­hua News Agency said. It said fire­fight­ers put out the re­sult­ing fire just be­fore 2 a.m. Sun­day.

One per­son work­ing at the fa­cil­ity was killed, Xin­hua said. It said the cause of the blast was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

En­vi­ron­men­tal author­i­ties de­tected no con­tam­i­na­tion from the blast, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua.

The fa­cil­ity, owned by Shan­dong Runx­ing Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy Co., pro­duced adiponi­trile, which can give off toxic fumes when burned, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua. Adiponi­trile is used in mak­ing ny­lon and other prod­ucts.

The blast fol­lows the Aug. 12 ex­plo­sion at a ware­house hold­ing chem­i­cals in Tian­jin, a port city east of Bei­jing.

On Sun­day, the Tian­jin city gov­ern­ment an­nounced on its mi­croblog ac­count that the death toll in that di- saster had been raised to 123. It said 50 peo­ple were still miss­ing.

The cause of the Tian­jin dis­as­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. State media say that the ware­house, which stored sodium cyanide and other dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals, was too close to homes and that its op­er­a­tors may have ob­tained fal­si­fied safety ap­provals.

The dis­as­ter raised con­cerns about the ef­fec­tive­ness of main­land China's reg­u­la­tory bod­ies and their abil­ity to over­see in­dus­tries in which they or of­fi­cials might have an in­ter­est.

AP

In this photo re­leased by Xin­hua News Agency, a chem­i­cal plant of Shan­dong Runx­ing Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy Co. is on fire fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion in Zibo, Shan­dong, Sun­day, Aug. 23.

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