Nineteen dead, 12 injured after industrial park blast guts building in China

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Associated Press

A blast in an industrial park in a southwestern province killed 19 people and injured 12 others, China's official Xinhua News Agency said today.

The deadly blast gutted the Yibin Hengda Technology Co in Yibin, Sichuan.
Source: Associated Press

The blast occurred at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co., a chemical plant in an industrial park in the city of Yibin in Sichuan province at 6.30 pm yesterday, Xinhua said.

Xinhua cited the Jiang'a ncounty government as saying the fire was put out this morning and the injured were in stable condition.

Efforts have been made to improve work safety standards but deadly industrial accidents remain common in China, where enforcement of safety regulations can sometimes be lax.

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