China Petrochem Plant Fire Kills 8

Monday, June 5, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale

An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant in China’s eastern province of Shandong Monday, killing eight people and injuring nine, officials said.

Safety issues are starting to become a huge issue in China as deadly accidents are occurring on an all-too-frequent basis after decades of rapid economic growth and incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.

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Monday’s blast took place about an hour after midnight, triggering fires at the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. in the Linyi Lingang economic development zone, the state news agency, Xinhua, said in a Reuters report.

The toll rose to eight, as authorities confirmed the deaths of seven people who had been reported missing, in addition to one death reported earlier, the local government said.

Nine people suffered injuries and the fires have been put out, the government said.

The “responsible person” at the company that runs the plant has been detained, Xinhua added, without giving details.

In 2015, huge chemical explosions in the port city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people, prompting a vow by President Xi Jinping the authorities would learn the lessons paid for in blood.

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