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Explosion at ChemChina facility in China kills 23

by Jean-François Tremblay
December 14, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 49

 

A vinyl chloride leak at a ChemChina facility in the northern China city of Zhangjiakou caused a huge blast that killed 23. Most victims of the Nov. 28 explosion were sitting in trucks that were waiting outside the factory, run by Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry, a subsidiary of the state-owned firm. In a statement on its website, ChemChina said, “The occurrence of this accident reflects serious problems in our safety management.”

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