23 Jan '11, 8am

Police detained the owner of a fireworks plant in China who went missing after an explosion ripped through the factory.

BEIJING - POLICE in central China have detained the owner of a fireworks plant who went missing after an explosion ripped through the factory, killing 10 people and injuring another 21, state media reported. Tian Baoshan, 54, was held on Saturday, three days after the blast in Henan province's Liji township, the official Xinhua news agency said - the latest in a spate of such accidents ahead of Lunar New Year festivities. Police have also detained three of Tian's partners, it added. A spokesman for the government of Luohe, which administers Liji, confirmed to AFP that four people had been detained, but said she was not aware of further details. The explosion razed several rows of workshops to the ground, and minor blasts continued throughout the night, the report late Saturday quoted witnesses as saying. Of the 59 employees working there, 28 escaped without injuries. China...

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