Date: August 23, 2015
By: Associated Press
BEIJING—An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed one person and injured nine
others, a state news agency reported Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 123 people.
The explosion occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday in Zibo, a city southeast of Beijing in Shandong province, said Xinhua News Agency, a state-run media outlet. It said firefighters put out the resulting fire just before 2:00 a.m. on Aug. 23.
One person working at the facility was killed, Xinhua said. It said the cause of the blast was under investigation.
Environmental authorities detected no contamination from the blast, according to Xinhua.
The facility, owned by Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co., produced adiponitrile, which can give off toxic fumes when burned, according to Xinhua. Adiponitrile is used in making nylon and other products. [FULL STORY]