17 killed in gas leak at steel plant in China

December 25th, 2008 - 1:41 am ICT by IANS  

Shijiazhuang (China), Dec 25 (Xinhua) At least 17 workers were killed in a gas leak at a steel plant in northern China Wednesday, local authorities said.The leak took place at about 9 a.m. in the Ganglu Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. in Zunhua city in Hebei province, about 150 km east of Beijing, a spokesman for the municipal government of Tangshan said.

The workers were poisoned by carbon monoxide that emanated from a blast furnace in the plant.

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