One killed, seven hurt after public toilet explodes and collapses in China

Blast was triggered by build-up of sewer gas, authorities say

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 2:19pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 January, 2017, 2:21pm

One person was killed and seven injured when a build-up of gas in sewer pipes caused a public toilet to explode in northwestern China on New Year’s Eve.

The blast in Hengshan district in Yulin, Shaanxi province, caused the toilet to collapse, news portal reported.

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The blast was triggered by an accumulation of explosive organic waste, which could have included methane, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide, local authorities said.

None of the seven injured people suffered life-threatening injuries.

By Monday, two had been discharged from hospital, while the remaining five were still receiving treatment for injuries including fractures and bruising.

Officials were investigating the matter, the report said.

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