Five killed in factory explosion in China
Published: 12:24 PM, 30 March 2019
Five workers were killed and three others injured in an explosion in a factory in east China's Shandong Province on Friday evening, Xinhua reports citing local authorities.
According to reports, the explosion happened at 9:35 pm in a workshop at a perlite factory in the city of Qingzhou.
All five victims were night shift workers inside the Qingzhou city factory during the explosion. Three others outside the workshop were slightly injured and are still in hospital under observation.
The owner of the private factory was taken into custody by the local police.
An initial investigation revealed that the accident had been caused by a leak in a liquefied gas tank, according to Xinhua. Further investigations are underway.
Earlier in March, a deadly blast at a chemical plant in the eastern city of Yancheng killed at least 64 people.
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