Chemical plant explosion kills two in NW China

08:36, January 08, 2010      

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Two people were confirmed dead Thursday after a chemical plant exploded in northwest China's Gansu Province, said local officials.


Picture taken on Jan. 7, 2010 shows smoke and fire billowing from a factory in which an explosion occured in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province. The explosion broke out in the factory at about 5:30 p.m.

The blast happened at around 5:30 p.m. at a chemical plant in the provincial capital of Lanzhou, which was operated by the Lanzhou Chemical Company of the China National Petroleum Corporation, the country's largest oil and gas producer, the officials said.


Picture taken on Jan. 7, 2010 shows smoke and fire billowing from a factory in which an explosion occured in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province. The explosion broke out in the factory at about 5:30 p.m..

The site was 30 kilometers away from downtown, and 500 meters away from the nearest residential quarter, which was not affected, they said.


Picture taken on Jan. 7, 2010 shows fire engines arriving at a factory in which an explosion occured in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province. The explosion broke out in the factory at about 5:30 p.m..

The precise casualties, property losses were not yet known. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Source: Xinhua

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