Fireworks blast toll in China rises to 15

August 31st, 2008 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Hohhot (China), Aug 31 (Xinhua) Fifteen people were confirmed dead and six injured in a blast Saturday in a fireworks factory in north China’s Mongolia region, authorities said Sunday.Rescue teams recovered 13 bodies from the gutted factory in Sijiazi township and rescued six injured workers, a regional works safety bureau official said.

Rescuers Sunday morning found two more bodies under the debris, raising the toll to 15, he added. Preliminary investigation said the blast occurred because of violation of plant safety rules by the workers.

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