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Blast at Chinese chemical plant kills 19

AFP  |  Beijing 

An explosion at a in left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said today, the latest industrial accident in a country where lax regulations often lead to tragedy.

The blast occurred at 6.30 pm last night at an industrial park in province's Yibin city, according to a statement on the website of the local work safety administration.

The injured had been taken to hospital and were in stable condition, county officials said, adding that the resulting fire had been put out.

Photos on a site showed what appeared to be the burned out shell of a building surrounded by rubble. The company that owns the building where the fire occurred is a named Hengda, according to the official service.

has been rocked by several industrial accidents in recent years. A septic tank explosion last November destroyed a wide swathe of a light industrial area in Ningbo, just south of

In 2015, in a container storage facility killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of 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.

A government inquiry eventually recommended 123 people be punished. Tianjin's at the time of the accident was sentenced to 12 years in prison for graft in September.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 08:25 IST