Blast kills five at drug plant in China

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An explosion at a plant owned by Chinese drugmaker Quanxin Pharmaceutical Company has killed five employees and injured eight more according to a number of reports.

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, said the blast, at the facility in Kunming, Yunnan Province, took place last Thursday and said that a team from the Guandu district government is still trying to determine the cause of the incident.

This was echoed by the Focusofchina​ blog, which said the explosion resulted in the evacuation of several nearby offices and a school.

Additionally, the Global Daily reported that a witness “heard the sound of an explosion at 9:50 am Thursday, and then saw flames and heavy smoke surrounding the building​.”

The paper went on to say that the incident follows just two weeks after four workers were killed and a further five were injured after an explosion at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Huanggang, Hubei Province.

Quanxin has not yet released a statement on last week's incident.

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