Explosion at Chemical Plant Kills 78

An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China on Thursday, March 21st, has, according to state media, killed 47 people and injured more than 600, 90 of which are reportedly in critical condition.

The blast occurred at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, the fire was reportedly brought under control in the early hours of this morning. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but the company - which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some of which are highly flammable - has been cited and fined for work safety violations in the past, the China Daily said.

China's State Administration for Work Safety cited 13 types of safety hazards at the company in February 2018. They included the mishandling of tanks of toxic benzene, which is believed to be the source of the blast on Thursday.

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