An explosion that ripped through a chemical plant in Shandong yesterday evening has left one person dead and nine others injured.
According to CNR, the blast broke out at around 8:50 p.m. at a plant operated by Shandong’s Runxing Chemical company in Huantai county, Shandong province.
The plant produced adiponitrile, a colorless volatile liquid that releases toxic gases when it reacts with fire, China News reports.
The explosion of a Acrylonitrile storage tank started the fire that raged for hours.
According to NetEase, the plant was located less than one thousand meters away from residential areas.
Broken windows could be seen in many local households. Local media reports that the massive blast could be felt as far as 2km away.
All of the villagers have been evacuated from the site and the injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
At around 1:39 a.m. this morning, the fire had been completely extinguished by some 184 firefighters operating 41 fire engines.
Of course, this explosion comes just more than a week after the Tianjin explosions, which killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds more.
And only days after a fire consumed a warehouse in Hefei, Anhui province.
WATCH: Short video shot by a frightened resident just after an explosion ripped through a Shandong chemical plant earlier tonight.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase // Weibo]