26 hospitalised after inhaling chemical fumes in China

October 29th, 2008 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Jinan (China), Oct 29 (Xinhua) At least 26 people were hospitalised Wednesday after inhaling chemical fumes at a factory in China’s eastern province of Shandong, officials said. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. when a sodium hypochlorite tank of the plant belonging to Shandong Haihua Group Co. exploded in Weifang City.

The chemical is used as fungicide as well as oxidising bleach.

The fumes from the tank caused discomfort in the respiratory system of the affected people, who are currently in stable condition, hospital officials said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

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