June 21, 2005
A chemical plant explosion in Sichuan Province and a factory
fire in Shanghai Municipality yesterday have left ten dead,
21 injured and two missing. The same day, an investigation
into a hotel fire in Guangdong Province earlier this month
found the cause to have been an electrical fault.
Seven people were confirmed dead with eight others injured
and two still unaccounted for after a detonator explosion
at a chemical plant in Hongya County of Meishan City in
Sichuan yesterday morning, local police said today.
Three of the eight wounded were seriously injured and remain
hospitalized in the provincial capital of Chengdu. The blast
leveled a row of bungalows and police are clearing up the
site and searching for the two missing persons.
Preliminary investigations suggest the cause was an operational
error while workers were fixing detonators, according to
police sources. There were about 13,000 detonators when
the accident took place.
The plant, Hongya Qingyijiang Chemical Co. Ltd., was built
in 1996 to produce mirabilite, or Glauber's salt, in Hongchuan
In Shanghai, three workers were killed and 13 others injured
in a fire at a garment factory in Songjiang District, local
The blaze started at around 4:00 AM yesterday in a dormitory
of Linjianniao Garment Company, killing one at the scene
and injuring 15 others, and was extinguished by 4:43 AM.
Two of those wounded later died and the rest hospitalized.