LIAONING provincial Government has ordered a probe into an explosion at an illegal chemical factory which killed one person and contaminated a large area of farmland. A police spokesman said yesterday that Vice-Governor Zhao Xinliang had visited the scene in Liaoyang city after the blast on Friday morning and ordered an investigation. He dismissed reports that 12 workers were buried under the debris, saying only two were reported missing. According to an earlier Xinhua report, one worker was killed, 17 people injured and two were missing in the accident. Two victims were in critical condition, the report said. The blast devastated the factory building of the Xinxing Material Chemical Factory in Taizihe district and shattered windows of the nearby buildings, according to Xinhua. The factory was illegally producing nitrobenzene. A leakage of nitric and sulfuric acid from the factory contaminated farmland and the cost of damage was not yet known. Many nearby factories also had their power cut off after the explosion and some workers from these factories were also injured, the agency said. The police spokesman said the acid leak would not cause direct harm to people. 'The acid will only affect the farmland and it is fine for people to get near to the scene now,' he said. Xinhua said the chemical factory was owned by a private entrepreneur and it had no licence for producing nitrobenzene products. The owner had fled after the accident, it said.