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. Chemical Blast In Eastern China Kills 14

A worker waters down the chemical blast site, in Dangtu County, eastern China's Anhui province 17 June 2006. A blast at the Dunan Chemical Group Co. plant in eastern China has killed at least 14 people and left 30 others injured, after leveling a two-storey workshop that produced emulsifying agents for explosives. Photo courtesy of AFP.
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Beijing (AFP) Jun 17, 2006
A blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has killed at least 14 people and left 30 others injured, local officials and media reports said Saturday. The blast occurred at the Dunan Chemical Group Co. in Dangtu county in Anhui province late Friday afternoon leveling a two-storey workshop that produced emulsifying agents for explosives, Xinhua news agency reported.

"The cause of the blast is still unknown and is under investigation," an official at the work safety administration of Ma'an city that oversees the county told AFP.

"The latest reports from the site are that 14 people are dead and 30 injured."

It was unlikely that the toll would rise higher, the official said.

Initial investigations indicated that chemicals could have been ignited during the emulsifying process, Xinhua said.

The factory produced explosives for civilian uses, such as mining, it said.

The exact number of workers in the building was not immediately known, it added.

"The rescue work is difficult, since there are combustible materials in the plant, which might lead to further blasts," Xinhua quoted rescuers as saying.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Explosions at a chemical plant in eastern China have left two people missing and released large amounts of toxic gas, sparking fears of pollution, state media reported late Thursday. The series of blasts at the Longxin Chemical Plant in Longquan city early on Thursday set two of its factories on fire and released large amounts of harmful gas, Xinhua news agency said, quoting firefighters.

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