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China port city blast caused by illegal explosives: police
by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017

China port city blast death toll rises to four
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 29, 2017 - The death toll from a huge explosion in eastern China rose to four Wednesday as police said two people who were initially reported missing had died when they mishandled illegal explosives.

Authorities have said that a man who manufactured and sold explosives had asked relatives to dispose of the material in the port city of Ningbo.

DNA tests on human tissue found at the site of Sunday's blast confirmed that they were the remains of the father and cousin of the suspect, police said in a statement.

The blast took place on Sunday in a vacant lot of a crumbling light-industrial area, reducing small buildings to rubble and shattering windows of nearby apartments.

Authorities previously said two people were killed and 19 others injured.

A 33-year-old suspect surnamed Shan, who had been wanted by police in the northeastern province of Liaoning since late October, was arrested on Monday night.

Explosives containing aluminium powder and barium nitrate were shipped from Liaoning to his relatives in Ningbo.

His relatives took the material to the vacant lot on Saturday and began to take it apart. They resumed on Sunday, when it blew up.

Police did not indicate why the suspect had been making explosives.

A deadly blast that rocked China's port city of Ningbo at the weekend was caused by the mishandling of illegal explosives, police said Tuesday.

Sunday's blast hit a crumbling light-industrial area after a fugitive wanted for manufacturing and selling illegal explosives had asked relatives to dispose of the material, Ningbo police said in a statement.

The explosion killed two people and injured at least 19 in the city, which is just south of Shanghai and one of China's largest ports. Two others were reported missing.

The 33-year-old suspect surnamed Shan, who had been wanted by police in the northeastern province of Liaoning since late October, was arrested on Monday night. He had been hiding in the central province of Hubei, police said.

They did not indicate why the suspect had been making explosives, which were shipped from Liaoning to Ningbo and contained aluminium powder and barium nitrate.

The explosion happened after his relatives took the material to the site on Saturday, the statement said.

They began to dismantle the explosives that same night and continued on Sunday morning, when the material blew up. The police statement did not say how many people were involved or what happened to them.

The local government had said Monday that a septic tank in a vacant lot was at the epicentre of the blast.

"Investigation showed the careless handling process could have caused the explosion and excluded the possibilities of any intentionally man-made blast," police said.

The local government and state media variously described the site as a vacant lot or an abandoned factory.

The force of the explosion shattered windows in nearby apartments, mangled cars and reduced small buildings to rubble, though locals said the structures were already in poor shape and slated for demolition.

The explosion was so powerful that it was heard several kilometres away.

Residents said some people from outside Ningbo had been squatting at the site, but others disputed that.

In addition to the fatalities, four people were severely injured and 15 others slightly hurt.

Septic tank at centre of huge China blast
Ningbo, China (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A septic tank was the epicentre of a massive explosion that rocked one of China's largest port cities at the weekend, killing two people and injuring at least 19, authorities have said. The blast tore through a crumbling light-industrial area adjacent to crowded residential towers in the city of Ningbo, just south of Shanghai, and was so powerful that it was heard several kilometres (miles) ... read more

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