Deadly Explosion at Chinese Chemical Plant

An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant in the Chinese province of Shandong on Monday (June 5). Eight people are dead and nine people are injured, according to state media.

The blast happened about an hour after midnight and triggered fires at the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. in the Linyi Lingang Economic Development Zone, state broadcaster CCTV said.

The fire was being brought under control, CCTV reported, adding that the “responsible person” at the company which runs the plant had been detained—presumably for making China look bad in the international media.

Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial plants in China. Anger over lax safety standards has grown after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disasters to factory fires.

The incident is reminiscent of the 2015 chemical explosion in Tianjin that killed more than 100 people—the one that made CCP leaders totally promise to learn their lesson.

Watch 2015 episode: Deadly Blasts Rock Tianjin, Prompt Censorship

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