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11 killed in fireworks factory blast

Eleven people were killed and eight others injured in a blast at a fireworks workshop in north China's Shanxi Province, local officials said.

world Updated: Nov 29, 2007 09:35 IST

Eleven people were killed and eight others injured in a blast at a fireworks workshop in north China's Shanxi Province, local officials said.

The cause of Wednesday's blast in Yangquan city and the number of men at work at the time of the explosion was not immediately known, they said.

The injured people are being treated at local hospitals; Xinhua news agency said quoting officials.

Only on Tuesday, 13 people were killed in a blast at an illegal fireworks workshop in Hunan Province in Central China. Two days before, five children had lost their lives while playing in an abandoned firecracker factory in China's north.

Explosions in cracker workshops, mostly unlicensed, occur quite commonly in China, where authorities have also launched a crackdown in recent weeks against illegal firecracker makers.