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Monday

Many dead, others in critical condition as huge blast goes off at China Petrochemical Plant




The scene of the blast
 
A huge explosion has rocked a petrochemical plant in China’s eastern province of Shandong on Monday, killing eight people and injuring nine, state media and local government officials said.
 
Deadly accidents are common at industrial plants in China, where anger is growing over lax standards after three decades of rapid economic growth marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.
 
According to Reuters, Monday’s blast took place about an hour after midnight, triggering fires at the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. in the Linyi Lingang economic development zone, the state news agency said.
 
The toll rose to eight, as authorities confirmed the deaths of seven people who had been reported missing, in addition to one death reported earlier, the local government said on its microblog.
 
Authorities said that nine people were injured and the fires have been put out.
 
The “responsible person” at the company that runs the plant has been detained, without giving details.

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