7 dead, 5 injured in container blast in east China

Sunday, 2019-03-31 16:44:38
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Aerial photo taken on March 21, 2019 shows the scene of an industrial park after an explosion in the city of Yancheng, east China's Jiangsu province. (Photo: Xinhua)
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Seven people have been confirmed dead, and five others injured after an explosion occurred in a container containing scrap metal in a metal molding plant in east China's Jiangsu province Sunday (March 31) morning.

The explosion happened at 7:12 a.m. in an outdoor yard of the Kunshan Waffer Technology Corp. Ltd. in Kunshan Bonded Zone.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The incident follows a deadly blast on March 21 at a chemical park in the city of Yancheng, also in Jiangsu province, that killed 78 people and wounded hundreds others.

China last week launched a month-long, nationwide inspection campaign into hazardous chemicals, mines, transportation and fire safety, saying authorities needed to absorb lessons from the Yancheng disaster.