Hundreds of firefighters have been mobilised to contain a fire caused by a blast at a pesticide plant in Jiangsu province on Thursday. Photo: Chinanews.com

6 dead, hundreds of firefighters battle blaze after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant

  • Children among injured as blast at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant damages nearby residential buildings, school and vehicles
  • Magnitude 2.2 earthquake detected in the province
Topic |   China chemical plant explosion

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Hundreds of firefighters have been mobilised to contain a fire caused by a blast at a pesticide plant in Jiangsu province on Thursday. Photo: Chinanews.com
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William Zheng

William Zheng

William Zheng is a veteran journalist who has served and led major Hong Kong and Singapore media organizations in his 20-year career, covering greater China. He is now deputy China Editor of the South China Morning Post.

Echo Xie

Echo Xie

Echo is a Beijing-based Chinese politics and policy reporter. Before joining the SCMP, she worked for Jiemian news and the CSMonitor Beijing Bureau. She has a master's in journalism from Shantou University.