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World"We knew we'd be blown up one day": Chemical plant blast kills dozens

12:15  22 march  2019
12:15  22 march  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Nearby residents -- many of them elderly -- have started sweeping up glass, and in some cases, seemed to have abandoned their homes entirely. Black smoke could still be seen rising from the plant on Friday morning before dissipating. On the road where Xiang lived, consisting of basic two-story

- A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on March 21, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings and She said she had harbored concerns about safety and pollution at the site for a long time. Death toll in China chemical blast rises to 78.

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The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 47 Friday, making it one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years. The plant has a long history of safety violations.

More than 600 people were receiving medical treatment following Thursday afternoon's blast at the industrial park in Yancheng, said the city government on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.  Among them, at least 90 were seriously injured.

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Blast rocks east China chemical plant, injuries reported A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, injuring at least 12 people and shattering the windows of nearby buildings, officials and state media said. 

" We knew we ' d be blown up one day ," said told AFP. Reuters quoted local officials as saying there had been no abnormalities detected at the site before the blast , but that the province would be conducting emergency inspections of other chemical producers and warehouses.

“ We knew we ’ d be blown up one day ,” said one 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang. She said she had harboured concerns about safety and pollution at Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the scene, local authorities said, and more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the blast site.

The blast was so powerful it apparently triggered a small earthquake, knocked down several factory buildings and shattered the windows of homes a few miles away. It also created a crater, The Associated Press reports.

© STR/AFP/Getty Images Firemen and Chinese paramilitary police officers search at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 21, 2019. - A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on March 21, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings and sent a huge plume of smoke skyward, officials and state media said. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang said,  "We knew we'd be blown up one day." She said she had harbored concerns about safety and pollution at the site for a long time.

Death toll in China chemical plant blast rises to 12

Death toll in China chemical plant blast rises to 12 The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China rose to 12 on Friday after rescuers pulled dozens of people from the area, state media said. 

The blast was so powerful it apparently triggered a small earthquake, knocked down several factory buildings and shattered the windows of homes a few miles away. It also created a crater, The Associated Press reports. A 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang said, " We knew we ' d be blown up

" We knew we ' d be blown up one day ," said one 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang who had harboured concerns about safety and pollution for a long time. More than 600 people have received medical treatment following the blast , according to the city government. Among them, 34 are critically

The AP said the plant's safety record is "dismal." It was cited last year alone for 13 types of safety hazards. And that happened even though the facility had been fined more than $267,000 since 2016 for breaking environmental regulations, the AP said.

Hundreds of rescuers were dispatched to the scene Friday, local authorities said, and more than 3,000 people were evacuated from the blast vicinity.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was on  a state visit to Italy, demanded "all-out efforts" to locate and save victims.

More than 900 firefighters fought a blaze with raging flames that followed the explosion and managed to extinguish it after an all-night battle, local officials said. Three chemical tanks and five other areas were on fire.

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Authorities investigating the cause of the accident said an unspecified number of people were taken into police custody.

The chemical facility involved in the explosion belonged to Tianjiayi Chemical, a company with 195 employees established in 2007.

According to local officials, the Jiangsu-based company mainly produced raw chemical materials including anisole, a highly flammable compound.

The force of the explosion blew out windows and dented metal garage doors of buildings as far as 2-and-a-half miles from the site, said AFP reporters at the scene.

Nearby residents -- many of them elderly -- have started sweeping up glass, and in some cases, seemed to have abandoned their homes entirely. Black smoke could still be seen rising from the plant on Friday morning before dissipating.

On the road where Xiang lived, consisting of basic two-story homes, almost all the windows and some window frames were blown in.

The woman was sitting at home when the explosion occurred and said the force rocked her house and badly damaged her front door.

There was no immediate government help, she said, and residents were clearing the street themselves.

Death toll in China chemical blast rises to 78

Death toll in China chemical blast rises to 78 The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 78 on Monday, with hundreds still receiving medical treatment four days after one of the country's worst industrial accidents. 

“ We knew we ’ d be blown up one day ,” said one More than 600 people have received medical treatment following the blast According to a report released Friday by Jiangsu province’s ecology and environment department, several rivers near the blast site are contaminated with chemicals

" We knew we ' d be blown up one day ," said one 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang who had harboured concerns about safety and pollution for a long time. More than 600 people have received medical treatment following the blast , according to the city government. Among them, 34 are critically

Images broadcast on local media showed how the blast toppled factory buildings, trapping workers inside. State broadcaster CCTV showed rescuers pulling a survivor from the wreckage.

Workers covered in blood were seen running out of the factory, said official news agency Xinhua on Thursday, citing witnesses.

An aerial view of the blast area showed a large swath of destruction in the industrial park, where multiple fires had initially raged.

Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.

In November, a gas leak at a plant in the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics killed 24 people and injured 21 others. A report published by local authorities last month revealed that the Chinese chemical firm responsible for that accident had concealed information and misled investigators.

In 2015, China saw one of its worst industrial accidents when giant chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin killed at least 165 people. The explosions caused more than $1 billion in damage and sparked widespread anger at a perceived lack of transparency over the accident's causes and its environmental impact.

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