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Five killed in factory explosion in China


Press Trust of India Beijing
An explosion caused by a gas leak ripped through a factory in China's Shandong Province, killing five persons and injuring three others, the second such incident in about a week.
The explosion happened at 9:35 pm (local time) on Friday in a workshop of a perlite factory in the city of Qingzhou.
Five persons were killed and three were slightly injured outside the workshop, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
The private factory owner was held by the local police.
Initial investigation showed the accident was caused by a leak in a liquefied gas tank. Further investigation is underway.
The incident happened barely a week after one of China's worst recent industrial blast, in which 78 people were killed and 600 others were injured from a chemical plant explosion in the fertilizer factory in Jiangsu province.
Following the accident, the Chinese government has ordered nationwide inspection of chemical industries to prevent large scale factory explosions.

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 10:35 AM IST

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