Explosion at Shandong Liaherd Chemical plant in China kills 14

Explosion at Shandong Liaherd Chemical plant in China kills 14

12:15 AM, 21st November 2011
Explosion at Shandong Liaherd Chemical plant in China kills 14
Explosion at Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry Co Ltd melamine plant in Xintai, China. (C) Xinhua.


BEIJING, CHINA: Fourteen workers were killed and five more injured Saturday in a chemical plant explosion in east China’s Shandong Province, local authorities said. The explosion occurred at about 2 pm at a melamine production facility of Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry Co Ltd in Xintai when workers were maintaining and repairing a condenser, the Xintai city government said in a statement late Saturday.

Four workers were killed and further 15 injured at the scene. But 10 injured died later at hospital after emergency medical treatment failed, raising the death toll to 14. The remaining five injured were in stable conditions, according to the statement. It also said no poisonous or harmful substances were released. An official surnamed Xu at the Xintai city government said the cause of the blast is under investigation.

© Xinhua News




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