Chemical Plant Explosion

Jhaila Moore

Dozens killed in explosion at Chinese chemical plant

A powerful explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens of others.

Firefighters were still battling small fires Friday, after working through the night to put out the main blaze, state media reported.
Drone footage from the country’s emergency management ministry shows an industrial area outside Yancheng city in Jiangsu province covered in firefighting foam, with storage tanks turned to twisted metals and charred factory buildings with roofs torn open.
Local authorities said earlier that dozens of fire trucks and hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene after the blast was reported around 2 p.m. Thursday. The explosion was powerful enough for the seismological bureau to detect a small earthquake in the area, according to state media.
Several schools are situated near to the chemical plant, Tianjiayi, including a kindergarten less than a mile away, state media reported, prompting concern and anger on Chinese social media.
In August 2015, a series of chemical explosions at a container storage facility in the northern port city of Tianjin killed more than 160 people and injured nearly 800 others.
A months-long government investigation found an overheated container of highly flammable dry nitrocellulose caused the initial blast, with ensuing fires burning uncontrolled for days.
The authorities eventually arrested and sentenced almost 50 government officials as well as company executives and employees for their roles in the fatal accident, blaming lax safety standard and corruption.