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Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65: state media

AFP
Aug 02, 2014 at 09:22am IST

Beijing: An explosion at a factory in eastern China on Saturday killed 65 people, a government broadcaster said, while more than 100 were injured in what appeared to be an industrial accident.

The explosion in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu, "has resulted in 65 deaths", state-broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said in an Internet post.

The explosion occurred on Saturday morning at a facility run by a metals factory, it added.

Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65: state media

Industrial accidents occur with some regularity in China, where safety standards are often lax.

More than 100 people were injured in the explosion, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

Pictures posted online showed a charred body being wheeled on a stretcher, and people with burned clothing sitting on the ground outside a factory complex that was billowing black smoke.

"The scene is a mess, its unrecognisable," a witness at the scene wrote on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Industrial accidents occur with some regularity in China, where safety standards are often lax.

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