China chemical plant blast kills 14

Nov. 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

XINTAI, China, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Chinese officials reported 14 deaths and five injuries in an explosion at a chemical plant in Shandong Province.

Saturday's blast ripped through the Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry facility in the city of Xintai while workers were performing maintenance on a condenser, city officials said in a written statement.

There was no word on what chemicals may have been involved in the explosion or if any toxic gases were released.

China's Xinhua news agency said Sunday the cause of the explosion remained under investigation.

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