A huge blast has ripped through the Chinese city of Shandong following a reported chemical factory explosion just weeks after around 158 were killed in a similar incident.
Bright flames and black smoke were seen coming from a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong this evening. The ‘loud’ explosion was seen and heard in the industrial zone of Lijin, Dongying City of Shandong, just before 11.30pm local time, state radio said.
This comes almost three weeks after around 158 people died in a series of massive explosions at chemical warehouses in Tianjin – the world’s 10th-largest port.
The explosion occurred at a factory of Shandong’s Runxing Chemical company which is a subsidiary of Runxing Group.
The latest incident is likely to heighten concerns about China’s growing chemical industry and what many say are lax regulations that can endanger residents.
Anger over safety standards is growing in China, after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disasters to factory fires.
President Xi Jinping has vowed that authorities will learn the lessons paid for with blood. source