Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Five killed in China plant blast

A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory in eastern China today, killing five people and leaving another 20 missing, according to state media.

Rescue work was continuing at the site of the mid-morning explosion in Shandong province’s Caofan township, the Xinhua News Agency said.

The company website said the factory run by the Baoli group manufactures 10,000 tons of industrial explosives annually.

A total of 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast, and only 14 of them have been found so far, including those that died, Xinhua reported.