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Oil tank blast causes casualties in NE China

Xinhua)  08:04, June 03, 2013  

Fire fighters put out a fire at the accident site of oil residue tank blasts in a PetroChina outlet in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, June 2, 2013. At least two people were injured and two others have been reported missing after two tanks containing residual diesel oil exploded around 2:20 p.m. The cause of the blast is under investigation. (Xinhua/Cai Yongjun)

DALIAN, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Two people were severely injured and two others have been reported missing after an oil residue tank blast caused a fire on Sunday in Liaoning Province, firefighters said.

One tank containing residual diesel oil exploded around 2:20 p.m. at a PetroChina outlet in the port city of Dalian, causing a nearby tank to burst into flames, firefighters with the city said.

More than 300 firefighters were mobilized to put out the fire by 4:30 p.m.

The tank storage hit by the blast was part of the PetroChina Dalian Petrochemical Company and was being renovated so production could resume later this year, according to an official at the company. PetroChina is the country's top oil and gas producer.

Four people were at the site at the time of the accident. The injured have been hospitalized, and doctors said they were both in life-threatening conditions.

Environmental authorities said the nearby sea had not been polluted but some residential communities were affected by fumes. Oil barriers have been erected in the sea near the factory as a precaution, and the local government has advised nearby residents to close their windows.

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(Editor:WangLili、Gao Yinan)


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