Huge explosion bursts through a Chinese chemical plant, causing it to be flooded by a huge fireball
- The blast rocked a chemical plant in Zhuhai, South China today
- Footage shows that it caused a fire that was extinguished two hours later
- No one was killed or injured by the explosion, the local government said
- Environment officials would keep an eye on the nearby areas
A huge explosion today turned a chemical plant in South China upside down.
Images released by local media show that the factory in Zhuhai was flooded by a huge fireball moments after the explosion occurred in the early afternoon.
No one was killed or injured in the accident, the local government claimed. An investigation has been started.
Footage shows black smoke waving in the air while the factory in China is swallowed by fire
The explosion occurred at the Changlian Petrochemical Plant in Gaolangang district at around 1:40 PM, the Zhuhai Emergency Management Bureau announced on social media.
In a post on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the authority said the fire was extinguished about two hours after the accident.
It added that relief workers came to the scene as quickly as possible and that researchers were looking for the cause of the explosion.
The Bureau also stressed that the explosion had not caused changes in environmental values. It was said that local environmental officials were monitoring the surrounding areas.
Zhuhai is a city with 1.9 million inhabitants in the southernmost part of the Guangdong province, adjacent to Macau.
Another clip published by state media shows workers fleeing their lives from the factory
a video clip circulates on social media and shows the factory swallowed by a huge fire while plumes of black smoke are flying into the sky.
Another clamp released by state media CCTV shows workers escaping from the factory destroyed by fire.
The Zhuhai Fire Brigade sent 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters to the scene. Fire brigades in the nearby city of Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhongshan have also provided assistance, CCTV reported.
The authority investigates the cause of the accident.
Zhuhai is a city with 1.9 million inhabitants in the southernmost part of the Guangdong province
Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly applied.
In March last year, an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds of people.
Four months later in July, a huge explosion lost 15 people at a gas plant in central China.
In November 2018, a truck carrying flammable chemicals exploded at the entrance to a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, a northern Chinese city that will host the Winter Olympics in 2022, killing 23 people and injuring 22 others.
One of the worst accidents was a huge explosion in 2015 in a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin, killing 173 people, mostly firefighters and police officers. That explosion was attributed to illegal construction and unsafe storage of volatile materials.