22 killed in explosion near chemical plant in China

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Road and industrial accidents are common in China. A blast at a chemical plant in southwest Sichuan province left 19 dead and 12 injured in July.

At least 22 people were killed and at least another 22 were wounded after an explosion was reported near a chemical plant in China early Wednesday.

The incident occurred near the Hebei Shenghua Chemical in Zhangjiakou City, in the northern Hebei province, Channel News Asia reported.

 

The injured were taken to hospital for treatment following the blast, which occurred at 00:41 am, according to the statement. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to photos posted on Twitter by state broadcaster CGTN.

The statement did not say whether the factory was affected by the blast or whether it took place on a road. “On-site search and rescue work and investigation of the cause of the accident are still underway,” the propaganda department said.

Zhangjiakou will host the Olympic alpine skiing events at the 2022 Winter Games, which Beijing is organising. It was not immediately clear if the explosion was near the site.

The cause of the blast remains under investigation. Further information about the explosion was not immediately clear.

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