Explosion in northern Guangdong kills ten people, mushroom cloud seen

Posted: 08/29/2012 4:54 pm

Yingde City in Qingyuan, northern Guangdong, was rocked by a deadly explosion on August 27th, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily. Three trucks carrying explosive material suddenly exploded while workers were unloading the deadly cargo from the last truck.  Ten workers died, another is missing and nine civilians who were nearby are also hurt, according to the report.  The force of the explosion was so strong it blew out windows of a nearby primary school and apartment complex.

Blasting is a regular occurrence in the Longshan quarry, which is on the east side of the Bei River in Yingde. According to a local official, everything was normal when the three trucks arrived and the workers began unloading the explosive material.  But when the workers were on the final truck, a huge explosion and mushroom cloud emerged, frightening nearby residents.

A policeman involved in the investigation revealed that four of the dead workers had the necessary certification to carry explosive material, but the other five did not.  The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


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