At least five dead and one injured after explosion at a chemical plant near Wuhan
- The explosion took place this afternoon at a chemical plant in Tianmen, Hubei
- At least five people were killed and one injured in the explosion, officials said
- The images show that rescue attempts are underway while yellow smoke was rising above the site
An explosion at a chemical plant near the city of Wuhan in central China has killed at least five people and injured one, according to local officials.
The explosion occurred at around 2:15 p.m. local time today at an industrial park in the central Chinese city of Tianmen, west of the provincial capital Wuhan, when the manufacturer’s equipment was being tested.
The injured resident has been taken to a hospital for treatment while rescue operations are underway, a government report says.
According to local officials, an explosion occurred this afternoon at a chemical plant near the city of Wuhan in central China, killing at least five people and injuring one.
Imagery filmed by witnesses shows thick yellow smoke billowing into the air as a person lay on a stretcher while being taken away from a destroyed building.
The yellow smoke released from the plant could indicate a nitric acid leak, a local said The Beijing News.
The Hubei authorities said the explosion occurred at a chemical plant owned by the Tianmen Chutian Fine Chemicals Company that produces pharmaceutical intermediates used in the production of medicines.
Before Monday’s incident, the company was fined in April after being caught illegally dumping sewage, according to the Shanghai-based news outlet. The newspaper.
Footage filmed by witnesses shows thick yellow smoke blowing into the air from the plant as a person lay on a stretcher while being led away from a destroyed building
Other media reports say the chemical plant has also received multiple complaints from local residents for the release of gases that caused irritation.
Last month, a new massive explosion at a chemical plant in the city of Xiantao, Hubei, killed six people and injured four. Authorities said the incident was caused by ‘erratic behavior’ by the operators and a lack of risk identification.
Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.
In March last year, an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds.
Four months later, in July, a massive explosion killed 15 at a gas plant in central China.
In November 2018, a truck carrying flammable chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, a northern China city that will co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics, killing 23 people and injuring 22 others.
One of the worst accidents was a massive explosion in 2015 in a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin, killing 173 people, most of them firefighters and police officers. That explosion was attributed to illegal construction and unsafe storage of volatile materials.