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Factory blast kills 3

(Xinhua)

13:41, February 28, 2012

SHIJIAZHUANG, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- At least three people died when an explosion went off at a chemical plant in north China's Hebei Province Tuesday morning, police said.

It happened at around 9 a.m. at Kaer Chemical Plant in Zhaoxian County, Cheng Weiqing, vice chief of Shijiazhuang public security bureau, said.

The blast flattened one of the factory's workshops and broke window panes within a radius of 2,000 meters, Cheng quoted witnesses as saying.

Tremors were felt in at least three villages near the plant, Cheng said.

Mayor of Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, led a team of rescuers to the site.

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