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Blast caused by illegal explosives kills at least 9 in China - Xinhua
April 2, 2017 / 8:11 AM / 4 months ago

Blast caused by illegal explosives kills at least 9 in China - Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion in northern China's Shanxi province on Saturday evening killed at least nine and injured six, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The blast occurred in a residential building and was believed to have been caused by illegally stored explosives, Xinhua said. An investigation was underway.

A number of buildings collapsed and search and rescue work continued on Sunday afternoon, said state broadcaster CCTV.

China has a poor record of industrial explosive accidents in residential areas.

In October, 14 people were killed in neighbouring Shaanxi province when a blast caused by illegally stored explosives destroyed a block of prefabricated houses.

A province-wide investigation into explosive production and storage was launched following the incident.

Both Shanxi and Shaanxi have large coal mining industries, where explosives are regularly used.

Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Randy Fabi

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