Beijing (June 6, 2017): Eight people were killed and nine injured in an explosion and fire yesterday at a chemical plant in eastern China’s Shandong province.
The accident was triggered by an explosion of a liquefied gas tanker in a loading area at the Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. plant at about 1 am.
The blast put several fuel storage tanks at the site on fire in the Lingang Economic Zone in the city of Linyi. Nearby areas were evacuated.
Police has detained the plant’s owner and the injured were taken to a local hospital.
The fire was brought under control by late Monday afternoon after more than 900 firefighters responded, the Lingang Economic Zone said in a statement posted on the internet.