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6 killed, 4 injured after LPG cylinder blast in NE China


12:00, April 08, 2012

Fire fighters carry out rescue work at the scene of an explosion in a residential building in the Aimin District of Mudanjiang City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, April 7, 2012. An explosion shook the residential building here early Saturday, leaving five people killed and one missing. (Xinhua/Liu Bo)

HARBIN, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Six people were confirmed dead and four others injured in an explosion early Saturday that ripped through a residential building in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, local authorities said Sunday.

The blast occurred at 4:50 a.m. Saturday at the sixth floor of a building in the city of Mudanjiang. Rescuers pulled four injured people from the damaged building, and sent them to hospital for treatment, the publicity department of Mudanjiang city said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that an explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder in a house at the sixth floor caused the accident.

Further investigation is underway.

Nearby residents have been evacuated to safety, according to the publicity department.

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