Blast near chemical plant kills 22, injures 22 in north China

Baku, November 28, AZERTAC

A blast near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou City, north China's Hebei Province, has killed 22 and injured 22 others early Wednesday morning, local authorities said, Xinhua reported.

The blast occurred near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. in Zhangjiakou at around 0:40 a.m. Fire caused by the blast has engulfed 38 trucks and 12 vehicles, according to the Zhangjiakou city government.

The injured have been rushed to hospitals for treatment.

According to preliminary investigation, a vehicle carrying dangerous chemicals exploded when waiting to enter into the plant. The blast ignited nearby vehicles.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has sent a work team to the site to guide relief work.

Local government is verifying the identities of the victims. Rescue work and further investigation are underway.

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