23 July 2010 11:26 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Chinese authorities are investigating an explosion at a chemical plant in southwestern Guizhou province that killed six people and injured five others on 22 July, state-run Xinhua News Agency said on Friday.
The blast caused by a gas pipeline leak happened at around 08:45 local time (00:45 GMT) on Thursday morning when workers were repairing the chemical pipeline, Xinhua said.
Five workers were killed on the spot and one more died in the hospital later, while five workers were still at the hospital for treatment, according to the report.
The fertilizer plant, owned by Guizhou Yihua Chemical Industry Co, a subsidiary of Shenzhen-listed Hubei Yihua Chemical Industry Co, is located in Xingyi city, ?xml:namespace>
Market sources said the company had halted the fertilizer production after the blast.
The leaked gas was a mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and nitrogen, but it did not pollute the environment, Xinhua quoted local authorities as saying.
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