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Six more detained over China blast that killed 78

AFP  |  Beijing 

Police have detained six more suspects linked to a in eastern last month which killed 78 and left hundreds injured, local authorities said.

The explosion in province's Yancheng city last month was one of the worst industrial accidents in the country in recent years and led to the closure of the plant.

Six employees from the Tianjiayi Chemical company, whose plant was involved in the blast, have "major responsibilities" in relation to the incident, the said Saturday in a brief statement on its official Twitter-like account.

It said that "criminal coercive measures" have been taken against them -- a vague term which indicates detention, arrest or being put under temporary house arrest until police complete investigations, according to an explanation on the Chinese parliament's website.

Three others had also earlier been detained in connection with the blast.

The statement added that measures will also be taken against Tianjiayi Chemical, as well as its controlling shareholder, the

The March 21 explosion razed an industrial park and blew out the windows of surrounding homes.

The company, with 195 employees, was established in 2007 and mainly produces including anisole, a highly flammable compound.

It has a history of violating environmental regulations, according to from Yancheng city's environment and ecology bureau.

In 2015 and 2017, the firm was fined for breaking rules on solid and water waste management.

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

In November, a at a plant in the northern Chinese city of -- which will host -- killed 24 people and injured 21 others.

In 2015, saw one of its worst industrial accidents when in the northern port city of killed at least 165 people.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 10:55 IST