A big explosion at Yancheng Chemical Park claims at least 47 people dead. According to consistent media reports, a fire has broken out in the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Plant. The subsequent explosion in the facilities had a devastating effect.
Würzburg/Germany – In Yancheng, eastern China, a fatal accident in a chemical plant has led to an explosion. At least 47 people were killed in the Chemical Park in Jiangsu Province. The local government said another 90 people were seriously injured, many of them in critical condition. According to authorities, more than 640 people suffered cuts and other injuries.
The explosion was triggered by a fire in the Jiangsu Tianjiayi facilities. The company mainly produces pesticides and employs 195 people. The blast of the explosion damaged cars and buildings and, according to various media reports, still resulted in damage a few kilometers away. Residents were brought to safety, several schools and kindergartens remained closed
The disaster triggers bad memories of the catastrophe near the Chinese city of Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. In November 2018, 23 people died in an explosion next to a loading bay at Hebei Shenghua Chemical.
In August 2015, 173 people died following an explosion of the chemical store in the port city of Tianjin. A government report found that the disaster was caused by hazardous substances that were stored improperly or illegally.