BEIJING – An explosion in a factory zone in northern China late Tuesday killed at least 23 people, leaving 22 other injured, officials said and added the string of fatalities in the country’s major industry.
The explosion broke out near the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Company in Hebei province and broke through about 50 vehicles including 38 trucks that had adapted to supply chemicals and other goods to factories in the zone, Chinese news reports cite investigators . But later on Wednesday, there was still no clear answer to what caused the explosion, and if there was any link to the big Shenghua plant or perhaps a smaller factory nearby.
After decades of encouraging strong industrial growth, the Chinese government has tried to cure the large number of accidents in factories, mines and plants. Official statistics indicate that industrial accidents and deaths have fallen.
But the latest explosion was a jolting reminder to factory, especially chemical plants, has been concerned with deadly leaks, fires and explosions, often caused by salmon management. 19659002] An employee of Hebei Shenghua who answered the phone on Wednesday said that the latest explosion broke out of the factory’s front gate in the city of Zhangjiakou and not for its reasons. The employee refused to give his name.
An industry safety officer who only gave his last name, Wu, told the paper, a news site in Shanghai, that one of the trucks launched outside the chemical delivery plant had exploded by a chain reaction that clustered the other cars.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, said the truck that triggered the explosion was to deliver acetylene to an energy-engineering factory. But an unnoticed official from Zhangjiakous Security Bureau warned that it was premature to draw conclusions, told Beijing News.
The first reports said six people had been killed. But later on Wednesday morning, officials in Zhangjiakou increased the death penalty to 22, with the same number injured and treated at two hospitals. Later in the day, the rescuers found another match from the accident, and more can be found.
Many of the dead appeared to be truck drivers who dunk or waited in their trucks to unload supplies when the explosion broke out. The reports did not tell if they were killed and injured also included workers or residents in nearby villages.
“Search and rescue work on the spot and an investigation into the cause of the accident continues to be urgent” Zhangjiakou government
In China’s most deadly industrial accident recently, an explosion cluster at a chemical stock at sea by 2015 in Tianjin, another northern chinese city 165 people. The government’s investigator concluded that the sluggish management and the perfunctional regulation were responsible.
This year, the Chinese government merged its security and acute agencies to a new ministry of emergency management and Tuesday’s accident will be one of the first major tests. The Ministry said that a deputy minister, Fu Jianhua, had gone to the stage in Hebei.