Seven killed in blast at Chinese electronics factory


Beijing: An explosion at a electronics component manufacturer in east China killed seven and injured five others, local authorities said.

The blast happened when a container for storing scrap metal burst into flames outside a factory in an export processing zone in Kunshan, Jiangsu province yesterday, the local government said on its official WeChat social media account.

“The cause of the accident outside Kunshan Waffer Technology Corp Ltd is still under investigation,” the statement said.

The fire from the storage unit spread to a nearby factory workshop, it added, while one of the five people injured was in a critical condition.

The incident comes barely a week after one of China’s worst recent industrial accidents, in which an explosion at a chemical plant in the same province killed 78 people and injured hundreds.

The powerful explosion in the eastern city of Yancheng toppled several buildings in the industrial park, blew out windows of nearby homes and even dented metal garage doors.

It prompted the State Council, China’s Cabinet, to order a nationwide inspection of chemical firms including risk assessments to identify safety hazards. Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced. — AFP

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