Factory explosion in China kills at least 65

Factory explosion in China kills at least 65

Factory explosion in China kills at least 65

Written by Staff Writer

02 Aug, 2014 | 11:10 am

An explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed 65 people and injured more than 100 others, Chinese state media says.

The explosion “has resulted in 65 deaths,” state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said in an online post.

The blast occurred on Saturday morning at a workshop that polishes wheel hubs in a metals factory, state media said. The cause of the incident has not yet been identified.

More than 100 people were injured in the explosion, China’s Xinhua news agency said.

Images on CCTV showed large plumes of black smoke billowing from a low-rise building with other images showing the injured lying on wooden pallets and being loaded on to trucks and ambulances.

“The scene is a mess, it’s unrecognisable,” a witness at the scene wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

When the explosion happened, more than 200 workers were at the site and 40 died immediately, CCTV said.

The state broadcaster said rescue work is underway and authorities are still trying to verify the number of casualties.

Medical staff have been sent from Shanghai to treat burns victims, the People’s Daily said in an online post.

The factory, located in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu, has been identified by CCTV as Zhongrong Plating.

Zhongrong’s website says the firm employs 450 workers and counts General Motors and other US companies as clients.

The explosion appears to be an industrial accident which occur with some regularity in China, where safety standards are often lax.

A fire at a poultry plant in the northeast of the country killed 119 people last year.

-ABC

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