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Death toll rises to 10 in China cement plant blast

(Xinhua)

08:05, August 29, 2012

GUANGZHOU, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a blast in a south China cement factory's quarry on Monday has risen to 10, and 18 others have been confirmed injured, local authorities said Tuesday.

The blast that occurred Monday afternoon at a quarry of the Longshan Cement Company in Yingde, Guangdong Province, has left eight of the company's workers, a driver from the explosives sales company and a security guard dead, said Liu Weirong, spokesman of the Yingde municipal government, at a press briefing.

The workers were unloading the explosives from the last of three trucks that transported the explosives to the quarry, according to Liu.

Of the 18 injured, nine are workers from the cement company and the others are residents in the nearby town of Yinghong, which is separated from the quarry by a river, Liu said.

An investigation team was set up and sent to the site of the accident by Tuesday morning to search for evidence and handle the remains of the explosives. A probe into the cause of the blast is underway.

The explosives sales company is a licensed one that has supplied explosives to the Longshan Cement Company on a long-term basis, said Huang Jiwen, manager of the sales company.

The quarry belongs to the Longshan Cement Company, which is owned by the Taiwan-based TCC International Holdings Ltd.

Longshan Cement Company employs 950 people, including 240 who work at the quarry, according to Wu Jianping, general manager of the company.

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