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Chemical plant blast injures 200
By Liu Weifeng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-06-23 05:49

Around 200 people have been injured, including 80 children, in a dynamite explosion at a chemical plant.

The blast happened at the Jiangyang Chemical Plant in Taiyuan, capital of North China's Shanxi Province.

No deaths were reported up until press time.

The cause of Tuesday's explosion was still under investigation, said Wang Zhiwen from the Provincial Information Office.

The huge blast could be heard 2 kilometres away and shattered windows and temporary buildings.

Fruit was torn from tree branches when two tons of dynamite exploded.

Twenty-two fire engines immediately rushed to the site, where more than 4,000 people work. More than 100 firemen have since been dispatched to watch out for more blasts.

An area of 3 kilometres around the plant was cordoned off to protect local people.

Among the injured were 80 children from a nearby kindergarten who were mainly hurt by broken glass and collapsed buildings around the blast area, said Wang.

"All the injured are in a stable condition," said a source surnamed Dong from the China-Italy Friendship Rescue Centre, affiliated to the Taiyuan Zhongxin Hospital.

Sources close to the centre said that five patients were still in a serious condition.

And there were still two in the emergency department of Taiyuan Zhongxin Hospital waiting to be transferred to the rescue centre.

(China Daily 06/23/2005 page3)

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