Blast in chemical plant in China kills 19, injures 12

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

An explosion at an chemical plant in Sichuan province, China, has left 19 dead and 12 injured.

In a statement quoted by Reuters, the authorities in Jiang'an county said the blast happened at a chemical plant run by Yibin Hengda Technology.

Video footage and photos posted online show red flames and plumes of black smoke.

Authorities have begun an investigation, the news agency said. It is not yet clear what caused the explosion. The factory building was reportedly reduced to a metal frame, with windows shattered in neighboring structures, according to BBC. According to the corporation's business profile, the facility's work in producing pharmaceutical components may have involved amino acid derivatives and peptides, fluorine chemicals, or the solvent Cyclopentyl Methyl Ether.

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In 2015, an explosion in a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin killed 165 people.

Rescue workers try to put out a fire after an explosion at a chemical plant inside an industrial park in Yibin, Sichuan province, China July 12, 2018.

A year ago the provincial Environmental Protection Department approved its application to lease more land in the industrial zone to build more facilities for producing chemical intermediates, the newspaper reports.

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