Date
23 March 2017
A fireball rises after an explosion at a chemical plant in Lijin county, Shandong, late Monday. Photo: Weibo
A fireball rises after an explosion at a chemical plant in Lijin county, Shandong, late Monday. Photo: Weibo

Death toll in Shandong plant blast rises to 5

The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in Shandong province late Monday has risen to five, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing state news agency Xinhua.

China is still seeking answers to why far bigger blasts occurred in the port city of Tianjin last month, killing at least 145 people.

The latest explosion happened close to midnight in Lijin county, roughly 275 kilometers south of Tianjin.

The incidents have revived questions about safety standards in China, where industrial accidents are common following three decades of breakneck economic growth.

Xinhua said the fire at Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co. Ltd. was extinguished before dawn Tuesday and waste water from the plant had been sealed without any spillover.

The incident was being investigated to determine its cause, it said without giving further details.

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