At least 22 people were dead and others 22 were injured in an explosion and fire near a chemical factory located in Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co in Zhangjiakou, a city some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Beijing, authorities said. The incident also burned 50 large and small trucks, the local propaganda department said on its Weibo social media account.
The injured were taken to hospital for treatment following the blast, which occurred at 00.41 am, according to the statement. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to photos posted on Twitter by state broadcaster. “On-site search and rescue work and investigation of the cause of the accident are still under way,” the propaganda department said.
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23 August, 2019