An explosion near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou city, in north China’s Hebei province, has killed 22 and at least 22 injured.
A video of the blast scene in Zhangjiakou city shared by state media showed billowing black smoke and flames, while photographs showed rows of burned-out cars and trucks lining the streets.
According to the report of Xinhua news agency from Zhangjiakou city government, the blast occurred near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. in Zhangjiakou at around 0:40 am local time. Fire caused by the blast has engulfed 38 trucks and 12 vehicles.
The fire engulfed 50 vehicles, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing government sources.
All fires at the blast site had been extinguished, said the State media.
The explosion occurred at the entrance of the factory when a vehicle transporting dangerous chemicals blew up, a news outlet at Zhangjiakou City Safety Production Supervision Administration cited.
The Propaganda Department said, “On-site search and rescue work and investigation of the cause of the accident are still under way,”
But public anger over safety standards has grown, but three decades of swift economic growth in China have been marred by incidents ranging from deadly mining disasters to factory fires.
Including an opaque production process for hazardous chemicals, China has vowed to improve industrial standards but environmentalists say they fear oversight weaknesses persist.