Several dead in China factory blast

A huge blast has ripped through a northeastern Chinese fireworks factory, killing 35 workers and putting 19 others in hospital.

    Authorities have cracked down on hazardous fireworks factories

    The explosion tore through two factory buildings of Changtu Safe Environment Color and Noise Co Ltd mid-morning on Tuesday in Shuangmiaozi township, Liaoning province, Xinhua news agency reported. 

    The blast occurred when workers were producing fireworks for year-end celebrations on Wednesday and for the annual Lunar New Year holiday, only weeks away. 

    The two factories covering about 300 square metres were flattened by the explosion. A four-storey office building was badly damaged along with other buildings nearby, the report said. Flames engulfed the site after the blast. 

    Provincial-level police officials were investigating the cause
    of the disaster, it said. China is the world's biggest producer of firecrackers and fireworks, with people in rural areas often illegally making them in their homes under unsafe conditions. 

    Chinese authorities have repeatedly vowed to crack down on illegal and hazardous fireworks factories, but accidents continue to happen.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.