New Delhi: At least 22 people were killed and in a blast which occurred near north China chemical plant, the news agency reports AFP reported on Wednesday. Reportedly 22 people are injured also in the blast. The blast took place in Zhangjiakou city.

Police have reached the spot and started the rescue operation. Authorities are investigating the cause of the blast but it is yet to be ascertained. It is expected more people to be injured in the blast. Firefighters are also at the spot to douse the flames. However, as this is developing the story more details are awaited.

In an earlier incident on November 24, two people were killed and 57 injured in a warehouse explosion in northeast China’s Jilin Province.  A total of 370 houses have been damaged, with 15 having collapsed.

The accident occurred at around 11:40 pm on Nov 23 in a warehouse of Jiangcheng Machinery Company in Sanhe Township, Dongfeng County, leaving two people dead, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The injured were shifted to the hospital and the condition of one of the injured was stated to be serious.

Li Tao, a local resident, said the explosion shattered the tiles and glass of his house. He later noticed scratches on his forehead and arms. His wife was hospitalised in the same hospital due to heart problems caused by the explosion.