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3 killed, 8 injured in China chemical plant blast

/ 01:30 PM May 29, 2011

BEIJING – Authorities said a blast at a chemical plant in eastern China has killed three people and injured eight others.

The government of Zibo city in Shandong province said in a statement Sunday that police were investigating the cause of the explosion at a chemical plant owned by Shandong Baoyuan Chemical Co. Ltd.

The statement said the Saturday night blast killed two people at the site while a third person died later at a hospital. Eight other people who suffered slight injuries were being treated at a hospital.

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Industrial accidents are common in China due to lax regulations and safety controls.

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