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2020-01-15 08:29:03

Authorities in southern China’s Guangdong province are investigating the cause of an explosion at a petrochemical factory Tuesday.

The explosion occurred at Changlian Petrochemical Company in the city of Zhuhai at around 1:40 p.m., according to a statement released by the work safety administration of the Zhuhai Economic and Technological Development Zone, where the company is located.

No causalities have been reported, and employees of the company, as well as others working in the area, have been evacuated. According to the administration’s follow-up statements, the fire had been brought under control by 4 p.m.

According to The Beijing News, an inspection conducted six months ago discovered 15 potential safety hazards at the Zhuhai petrochemical company.

Several work safety-related incidents have made headlines in China in the past year. In March, a chemical plant explosion in the eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured over 600 more. The next month, an industrial accident at a pharmaceutical plant in the neighboring Shandong province killed 10 people. (Image: @央视网 on Weibo)