Explosion rocks petrochemical plant in China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 June, 2017, 10:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 June, 2017, 10:42am

An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong early on Monday, but the cause and extent of damage was unknown, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The blast occurred at 1 am and triggered fires at the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co in the Linyi Lingang Economic Development Zone, it said.

Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial plants in China and anger over lax standards has grown after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disasters to factory fires.

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