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Chemical plant explosion in China kills 13 works, injures 43

February 29, 2012

Earlier this week, an explosion at a chemical factory in China's northern Hebei Province claimed the lives of thirteen people and injured another 43, according to BBC News. The explosion was so massive that people in three neighboring villages felt tremors. Several houses and other buildings within a 2-kilometer radius were completely destroyed in the blast, and part of the factory has been completely wiped away, the publication reports.

The factory specialized in farming chemicals such as ammonium sulphate, guanidine nitrate and nitro guanadine, and the area where the explosion took place was located in the nitro guanadine section of the plant.

The State Administration of Work Safety reported that they are working to determine the reason for the explosion, the AFP reports. This is not the first incident where people were killed in a factory mishap - nearly 50,000 people lost their lives to workplace accidents in the first three quarters of 2011, and another explosion at a steel factory last week killed 13 other Chinese workers.

Those who want to find out more about this and other tragic accidents can use international phone cards to make calls to China.

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