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Eight killed in truck explosion in China

world Updated: Jun 16, 2011 13:20 IST

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Eight people were killed and six others injured when a truck carrying flammable chemicals exploded in a parking lot in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The blast took place on Tuesday night in the Litang Township of Binyang County when workers were unloading the truck which carried flammable chemicals including potassium chlorate and carbon powder, local officials said.

A preliminary investigation showed that workers' carelessness may have triggered the explosion, Xinhua quoted an official as saying.

The fire from the blast engulfed over 20 cars in the parking lot, which used to be a gas station, said the spokesman. He said that two people were severely wounded and four suffered slight injuries in the incident. The fire has been put out and further investigation is underway.