Explosion at Hebei Zhaoxian Keeper Chemical plant in China kills 16

Explosion at Hebei Zhaoxian Keeper Chemical plant in China kills 16

1:26 AM, 29th February 2012
Explosion at Hebei Zhaoxian Keeper Chemical plant in China kills 16
Firefighters walk through the remains of a workshop at a chemical factory in north China's Hebei Province.

SHIJIAZHUANG, CHINA: The death toll in chemical plant explosion has climbed to 16, and 43 others were hospitalized with injuries, authorities in north China’s Hebei Province said. The blast ripped through Hebei Keeper Chemical Industries Co Ltd in Hebei Province, Zhaoxian, China. It flattened one of the factory’s workshops and shattered window panes within a radius of 2,000 metre, witnesses and local government officials said. Dozens more were feared missing or dead at the scene.  According to Wu Haijiang, Deputy Chief, Zhaoxian, about 100 people were at work when the blast happened. But the emergency rescue headquarters were forced to halt search and rescue last night, fearing further blasts might cause more fatalities. Rescue work resumed this morning.

© Shanghai Daily News

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