19 dead in Sichuan chemical plant explosion

Business | 13 Jul 2018 10:28 am

An explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said today, the latest industrial accident in a country where lax regulations often lead to

tragedy., AFP reported

The blast occurred at 6:30 pm last night at an industrial park in Sichuan province's Yibin city, according to a statement on the website of the

local work safety administration.

The injured had been taken to hospital and were in stable condition, county officials said, adding that the resulting fire had been put out. Photos on a local news site showed what appeared to be the burned out shell of a building surrounded by rubble.

The company that owns the building where the fire occurred is a chemical manufacturer named Hengda, according to Xinhua.

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