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Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65: state media

Updated: August 2, 2014, 9:22 AM IST
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Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65: state media
Industrial accidents occur with some regularity in China, where safety standards are often lax.

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.

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.

First Published: August 2, 2014, 9:22 AM IST
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