Eight killed in firecracker blast in central China

09:50, December 18, 2010      

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Eight people, instead of previously reported six, were killed in a firecracker blast in central China's Hunan Province, local officials confirmed early Saturday.

The blast occurred in Ningxiang County of Changsha, the provincial capital, at about 9:30 p.m. Friday when a truck carrying fuses of firecrackers hit an electric wire pole and sparks from the fallen wire ignited the materials.

Several nearby houses were severely damaged while four people were injured, officials said.

Source: Xinhua
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