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Industrial park blast kills at least 19 in China

China chemical plant blast kills 19, injures 12 Industrial park blast kills at least 19 in China
Jeannette Daniel | 16 July, 2018, 14:41

A year ago the provincial Environmental Protection Department approved its application to lease more land in the industrial zone to build more facilities for producing chemical intermediates, the newspaper reports.

The explosion happened at 6.30pm on Thursday in an industrial zone in Jiangan county, according to a statement issued by the Sichuan Industry Safety Supervision Administration.

Authorities have detained "several" suspects in wake of an explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China that left 19 dead and injured 12 others, state media said.

The agency says the Thursday evening blast occurred at an industrial park in the city of Yibin in Sichuan province.

Authorities have begun an investigation, the news agency said.

Yibin Hengda makes chemicals for food and pharmaceutical industries. The fire broke out in the early evening while there was still daylight, and it was under control by around 11:30 p.m. according to reports.

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"My first response was that something was wrong and I went the window and saw thick smoke rising from the east". Footage on its website on Friday afternoon showed the skeleton of the burnt-out buildings.

China's breakneck pace of economic growth during the last decade has resulted in a spate of industrial accidents.

In 2015, 173 people died in an explosion at a chemical warehouse in the north-eastern port city of Tianjin.

Last year, an explosion at a petrochemical plant in eastern Shandong province killed eight people and injured nine.

While the cause remains unknown, fire crews told one Chinese news organization that methanol was involved in the explosion, The South China Morning Postreported.

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