China oil pipe blast kills 22

China oil pipe blast kills 22

China oil pipe blast kills 22

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

22 Nov, 2013 | 3:07 pm

At least 22 people in China have been killed in an explosion after a leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the city of Qingdao, state media has reported.

Xinhua quoted officials who said that workers were trying to repair the pipeline at the time of the explosion.

Pictures on social media sites showed shattered concrete slabs and black smoke rising from the scene.

More than 100 fire fighters were involved in putting out the fire. The pipeline is owned by Sinopec.

The company is China’s largest oil refiner.

The authorities have ruled out terrorism but say the incident remains under investigation.

SOURCE: BBC


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