Chemical Factory Blows Up in China, Killing 22

Associated Press

Four tons of explosives blew up at a chemical factory, killing 22 people, when a worker tried to weld a piece of broken equipment, an official Chinese newspaper reported.

Three people were injured and $92,400 in damage was caused to the factory in Exi in central China's Hubei province, according to the Thursday edition of the People's Security News, seen in Beijing on Saturday.

The accident occurred on June 27 but had not been previously reported. China's official media report industrial accidents only when the government wants to issue a safety warning.

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