22 dead, 10 injured in NW China firecracker blast

Updated: 2008-03-27 09:33

URUMQI - Twenty-two people were killed and 10 others injured in a firecracker explosion in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday.

The accident happened at about 7:00 p.m. when the city authorities of Turpan were destroying firecrackers on a desert seven to eight kilometers from the Turpan tollgate, local officials said.

The injured have been rushed to hospital.

The fire has been extinguished, and investigation is underway.

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