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Explosions rock Chinese manufacturing plant in Foshan city
December 31, 2014, 5:13 am

File photo of explosions light up the sky over a warehouse in Foshan, south China's Guangdong Province [Xinhua]

File photo of explosions lighting up the sky over a warehouse in Foshan, south China’s Guangdong Province [Xinhua]

Seventeen people were killed and 20 others injured after an industrial plant was rocked by blasts in Foshan City of south China’s Guangdong Province Wednesday morning, local authorities said.

It is yet unclear how many people were working at the factory when the blasts occurred.

The blasts were heard at about 9:30 a.m (local time) from the Fuwa Engineering Manufacturing Co. Ltd in the industrial city of Foshan, confirmed the press office of the district government.

All injured people were rushed to nearby hospitals.

A decorating worker who was working at least 1 km away from the site told Xinhua that he heard loud sound of explosions.

Guangdong Province is one of China’s largest manufacturing bases.

75 people had died in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan in August this year. More than 200 workers were at the factory at the time of the blast, China’s most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 119 people in June last year.

Investigations by the Kunshan city government found that the factory was at fault in dust explosion, caused by the fast combustion of particles suspended in air in an enclosed space.

Such explosions have been blamed for other deadly fires in China. In 2012, a dust explosion at an aluminum lock polishing workshop in the eastern city of Wenzhou killed 13 people and injured 15. Three years earlier, aluminum powder exploded at an abandoned factory being rented out as temporary housing in the eastern city of Danyang, killing 11 people and injuring 20.


Source: Agencies


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