Accidents 16 Workers Killed at Chinese Chemicals Factory Blast
At least 16 persons were killed in factory explosion at a chemicals production plant in Zhaoxian, Hebei province, Northern China.
Shijiazhuang/PR China – A heavy explosion at a chemical factory in Northern China took the life of at least 16 workers, the official Chinese press agency Xinhua reported. The actual number of casualties could, nevertheless, be even higher as several dozens of persons were reported missing. Family members of the workers had arrived, waiting outside the factory.
The explosion took place on Tuesday morning, causing a factory building to collapse. The blast flattened one of the factory's workshops and shattered window panes within a radius of 2,000 meters, witnesses were quoted. There was no risk of contamination from the blast at the plant, which manufactures pesticide products such as guanidine nitrate, said Cheng Weiqing, deputy chief of the public security bureau of Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital city which administers Zhaoxian. While fires at the site could be extinguished, rescue works had to be stopped for the night for fear of secondary explosions.