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Casualties unknown in E China chemical plant blast


15:45, February 02, 2013

Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2013 shows the broken chimney after an explosion occured in the Yongxing chemical plant in Boxing County, east China's Shandong Province. A chimney in the plant exploded on Saturday. No casualty has been reported yet. Rescue work is in the progress. (Xinhua/Zhang Shuai)

JINAN, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- A blast occurred at a chemical plant in east China's Shandong Province on Saturday, but casualties remain unknown.

The blast occurred around 11 a.m. at Yongxin Chemical Plant in Boxing County, located about 150 km northeast of the provincial capital Jinan, sources with the local government said.

A preliminary investigation failed to turn up casualties at the scene, the sources said, adding that firefighters have rushed to the site to carry out rescue work.

It was initially determined that a chimney exploded at the plant, which mainly handles petrochemical production.

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