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2 die, 7 hurt in chemical plant blast after gas leak

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

09:50, September 28, 2012

TWO people died and seven others were injured at noon yesterday in a chemical plant blast in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

A preliminary investigation showed coal gas leaked at a Hechi Chemical Industrial Group Company purification workshop in Hechi City and triggered the deadly blast, Xinhua news agency reported.

Witnesses reported seeing body parts at the scene. Rescuers said the huge blast smashed the windows of a five-story building, heavily damaged two vehicles parked nearby and lifted 10 iron sheets off the factory's roof.

The injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment and their injuries are not life-threatening, said Li Chunqi, deputy general manager of the company. No one was found to be trapped inside the factory.

An investigation is under way but officials said there is no indication that the environment in the area was contaminated.

The company, a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation, or ChemChina, mainly produces fertilizer with an annual production value of 800 million yuan (US$127 million), according to information on the company's website.
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