19 dead in Chinese chemical plant explosion

By Ray Downs  |  July 13, 2018 at 1:01 AM
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July 13 (UPI) -- At least 19 people died and 12 were injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, officials said.

The explosion occurred at a Hengda-owned plant in an industrial park Thursday evening, according to Xinhua.

Local government officials said none of the injured are in critical condition, The South China Morning Post reported.

A fire caused by the explosion raged for several hours until it was eventually contained early Friday morning.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

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