Second factory explosion in China leaves 7 dead

By BLOOMBERG

BEIJING • A blast at a Taiwan- listed company’s factory in China yesterday killed seven people, the government said, just over a week after an explosion in the same eastern province left scores dead.

The explosion at a metal processing plant owned by Waffer Technology (Kunshan) Ltd also injured five people, the government of Kunshan, which is in the Jiangsu province and borders Shanghai, said in a post on its Weibo social media account.

The blast was caused by a container of scrap metal bursting into flames and setting a workshop ablaze just after 7am yesterday, the government said.

Waffer Technology (Kunshan) is a major production base for Taiwan-listed Waffer Technology Corp, according to the latter’s website.

The industrial accident comes 10 days after an explosion at a chemical plant in Chenjiagang, Jiangsu province.

The official Xinhua News Agency updated the death toll for that incident to 78 on March 25.

Police took people into custody over the incident in Chenj i agang, Xinhua reported earlier.

China has been seeking to make workplaces safer after industrial accidents that included a massive explosion in 2015 at a chemical warehouse in the northern port city of Tianjin that killed 173 people.

A blast in 2014 at an autoparts plant in Suzhou, also in Jiangsu, killed 146 people. — Bloomberg

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