Blast kills three at Shandong plant

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am


At least three people were killed and eight others were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Zibo in the eastern province of Shandong on Saturday night, state media reported yesterday.

The blast occurred at 9.31pm at Shandong Baoyuan Chemical, according to Xinhua, which reported that two people were found dead at the scene and one died later in hospital, while the others had minor wounds.

The explosion happened near the headquarters of the Tangshan township government and about 200 metres from the police station.

One township official who declined to be identified had no details about the incident, saying only: 'There was no damage to the building where we were working, although it was very close.'

She said township officials were working late in the building.

It was not clear whether the explosion was intentional or an industrial accident. Local authorities are investigating the cause.

It was the eighth explosion in the past 10 days. At least 10 people have died with 35 been injured.

One employee was killed and two others were wounded earlier on Saturday after an explosion at the headquarters of a bus company in Chengdu, Sichuan province. A few days earlier in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, a man set off three bombs blowing up three government buildings, killing himself, two others and injuring nine.

Suspected bomber Qian Mingqi had written on his Weibo microblog earlier that, angered by the destruction of his home without proper compensation 10 years ago, he had no choice but to set off the bombs.

The other blasts were in Chengdu; Harbin in Heilongjiang and Baoji in Shaanxi province.