Firework warehouse blast kills two, injures four in NE China

16:48, February 08, 2011      

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Firefighters are seen at an explosion site in Baicheng City, north China's Jilin Province, Feb. 8, 2011. Two people were killed and four others injured in an explosion that broke out in a fireworks warehouse Tuesday. (Xinhua)

A blast that occurred at a firework warehouse in Baicheng City, northeast China's Jilin Province, Tuesday morning has left two dead and four others injured.

The first blast broke out at 11:06 a.m. and triggered firework explosions that continued for more than two hours and diffused heavy smoke, before it was contained, according to firefighters.

The injured have been sent to hospital.

Eighty-five firefighters and 15 fire engines were dispatched to fight the fire, which burnt an area of 2,300 square meters, according to the fire brigade.

The warehouse owned by Tianyi Groceries Co. Ltd. is located four km away from the city proper of Baicheng.

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