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Four dead, 11 injured in firecracker workshop explosion in S China

(Xinhua)

18:36, November 23, 2011

NANNING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Four people died and 11 were injured in an explosion at a private firecracker-making workshop in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities said Wednesday.

The accident happened at 1:08 p.m. in Gongguan township, Hepu county.

The workshop was located in a private house which was destroyed by the blast, according to the county government.

The injured have been sent to hospital, and rescue work is underway.

Local police have shut down more than 40 private firecracker-making workshops in the county and have detained 22 people this year.

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