A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory Monday in eastern China, killing five people and leaving another 20 missing, state media reported.
Rescue work was continuing at the site of the mid-morning explosion in Shandong province’s Caofan township, the Xinhua News Agency said. The company website said the factory run by the Baoli group manufactures 10,000 tons of industrial explosives annually.
A total of 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast, and only 14 of them have been found so far, including those that died, Xinhua said.
The cause of the blast and condition of the nine survivors were not known.
A government spokesman for the surrounding city of Zhangqiu said a full accounting of the dead and injured was being compiled and would be released.
Like many Chinese bureaucrats, he would only give his surname, Cao. China has sought to tighten access to explosives used for quarrying following a series of attacks by people using homemade bombs. However, safety rules are often ignored and industrial accidents remain common.
Monday, 20 May, 2013 at 08:58 (08:58 AM) UTC RSOE
Death toll climbs to 12 in Shandong factory explosion
“The death toll from a blast that ripped through an explosives manufacturing plant in east China’s Shandong Province on Monday has climbed to 12, local government said.
The explosion, which occurred at 10:45 a.m. inside a workshop of a plant owned by Poly Explosives (Jinan) Co., Ltd. in Caofan Township, Zhangqiu City, also injured 19 people, Xinhua news agency reports.
Thirty-four workers were in the workshop at the time of the accident that caused the building to collapse, according to a statement released by the publicity department of the Zhangqiu City government.
Eight other workers were also working near the workshop when the blast occurred.
As of Monday afternoon, 31 workers had been pulled out of the rubble, including 12 who were killed, the statement said.
Those injured workers, including two who sustained serious injuries, are being treated in local hospitals.
Search and rescue work for the missing workers is ongoing.
Poly Explosives (Jinan) Co., Ltd. is a professional manufacturer of civil explosive materials. Covering an area of 66 hectares, the company’s plant in Caofan Township was a new manufacturing base with an annual output of at least 30,000 tonnes of explosives, according to information on the company’s official website.” – thestandard.com.hk
12 killed and 20 Missing in China factory explosion
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Published on 20 May 2013
The force of the blast flung broken glass, smashed concrete and other debris as far as 200 meters (600 feet), reports said. Walls in outlying buildings were flattened and glass shattered.
A total of 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast and survivors were rushed to hospital. The cause of the blast and condition of those injured were not immediately known.