Blast in E China factory kills at least five

20:41, July 28, 2010      

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Photo taken on July 28, 2010 shows the damaged buses and buildings near the explosion site in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province. A powerful explosion occurred at an abandoned plastics factory in Nanjing on Wednesday morning, causing five people dead and 28 others seriously injured. More than 100 others have been taken to hospital. Now the blaze in the plant is under control and rescue work is still underway. (Xinhua/Sun Can)

A powerful explosion at a factory in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Wednesday left at least five people dead and 28 seriously injured, the local government said.

Officials of the government of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, told a press conference in the afternoon that five people were killed and 28 others suffered serious injuries after the blast ripped through an abandoned plastics factory in northern Nanjing.

More than 100 others have been taken to hospital.

However, Xinhua reporters had seen at least six people recorded as dead at hospitals treating people injured in the blast.

Local media said more than 300 people had been sent to hospitals and at least 50 people were seriously injured.

The blast was caused by a gas leak after a propylene pipeline was damaged when workers dismantled factory buildings of the Nanjing No. 4 Plastics Factory, said a statement from the State Administration of Work Safety, citing a report from its Jiangsu branch.

The explosion occurred when a motorist started a car engine at the scene, igniting the leaking gas, the administration said.

The pipeline, transporting propylene to the factory, had been shut down, it said.

According to the administration, the factory had been relocated and the land was planned for property development.

Buildings and vehicles within a 100-meter radius of the factory were seriously damaged.

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