28 Feb '12, 10am

China chemical plant blast kills 13, injures 43

BEIJING (AFP) - An explosion ripped through a north China chemical factory Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 43, the government said of the latest industrial accident to strike the nation. The impact of the blast, which occurred near Shijiazhuang city, capital of Hebei province, was felt in at least three nearby villages, the official Xinhua news agency said. Photographs posted on the Internet purportedly of the blast site showed a large crater surrounded by debris. The walls of several work shops that surrounded the site had been destroyed. The cause of the blast is still under investigation and rescue efforts are ongoing, the State Administration of Work Safety said on its website. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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