Beijing: At least six died and 30 others were left injured in a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, state media reported. As per city officials, quoted in a PTI report, the blast occurred at a chemical facility run by Tianjiayi Chemical in Yancheng, Jiangsu province.
In a video footage, shared by state-run Beijing News on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, an enormous explosion, with flames engulfing the top of the chemical plant can be seen. Other shots showed thick grey smoke billowing skyward from the site of the blast. However, the content of the video could not be verified.
This is not the first industrial accidents that has been reported in China lately. Earlier in November, 23 people were killed and 22 others were injured as a truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical factory in a northern Chinese city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
In July 2018, a blast at a chemical plant in southwest Sichuan province left 19 dead and 12 injured. On the other hand in 2015, giant chemical blasts in a container storage facility killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin.
The explosions caused more than $1 billion in damage and sparked widespread anger at a perceived lack of transparency over the accident’s causes and its environmental impact.
(Inputs from PTI/AFP)