16 killed in China factory blast

June 21st, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Hefei (China), June 21 (Xinhua) At least 16 people were killed and 43 injured in a blast Sunday at a factory in China’s Anhui province, an official said.
The explosion ripped through the workshop of Jingxin Mining Ltd. Co. in Fengyang county, Chuzhou city, at 3.17 a.m.

Most of the dead were employees, while the injured were residents living near the factory.

The privately-owned firm, which has 20 million yuan ($2.9 million) in fixed assets and about 100 employees, produces and processes about 300,000 tonnes of quartz sand every year.

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