20 killed in massive blast in east China province
A blast ripped through an explosives plant in east China's Shandong Province, a local government official said.Updated: Apr 02, 2006 15:14 IST
At least 20 people were killed and two others injured when a blast ripped through an explosives plant in east China's Shandong Province, a local government official said on Sunday.
Twenty workers died on-the-spot, two injured and nine others were missing after the blast hit the explosives plant in Zhaoyuan city of the province on Saturday, the official said.
Rescuers were searching for the nine missing workers, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial administration of production safety as saying.
The injured had been hospitalised and were in stable condition, according to the administration.
The blast occurred at a packing workshop of the plant when 31 workers were working at the site.
A task force of the provincial government, headed by a vice governor, was at the site of the explosion to organise rescue work.
The cause of the accident was under investigation.
First Published: Apr 02, 2006 15:14 IST