As quoted by Reuters on Friday (13/07/2018), chemical plant owned by Yibin Hengda Technology located in industrial district Jiang’an district, near Chengdu, Sichuan Province. It is not known exactly why the explosion occurred on Thursday (12/7) tonight.
Investigation of this incident has begun.
Xinhua news agency reported that the injured are now in stable condition. The death toll so far has reached 19.
A number of photos uploaded to Chinese social media showed a large fireball and a cloud of smoke rising from the factory area.
The fire that burned the plant area was successfully extinguished on Thursday (12/7) at around 23:30 local time, or several hours after the explosion occurred.
There has been no official statement from the factory owner about this incident.
This incident is the latest in China which is the world’s largest chemical producer. A series of similar incidents in coal mines and chemical plants is quite common. One of them was an explosion in a chemical warehouse in Tianjin in 2015 that killed 165 people.
Since last year, Chinese authorities have implemented measures to improve industrial security, including tightening routine checks.