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Man surrenders in S China firecracker explosion case


16:59, November 24, 2011

NANNING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A man linked to the explosion of a firecracker workshop that killed five people has surrendered to police in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities said Thursday.

The explosion occurred at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday at a private house-turned firecracker workshop in Gongguan township, Hepu county, leaving five people dead and 10 injured, according to a government statement.

Xu Xidao, the owner of the workshop, surrendered around 1:00 a.m. Thursday. Xu's parents and 11-year-old nephew were among the five people killed in the accident.

All firecracker production companies have been asked to stop their work and receive safety inspections, and local police will further tighten the crackdown on illegal firecracker makers in the county, according to the statement.


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