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Factory blast toll hits 8

EIGHT people were confirmed dead yesterday after a factory blast on Sunday in northern China.

Police in Laiyuan County, Hebei Province, have seized a suspect and are hunting others.

The blast occurred about 10:30am at an abandoned factory house of a local steel plant in a small village of Laiyuan because of the allegedly illegal manufacture of explosives.

Eleven villagers were injured in the blast, while some houses nearby also suffered damage.

Police locked down the scene after the blast and put the suspect allegedly responsible for the illegal processing of explosives in custody. Officials also confiscated dangerous items.

The Laiyuan county government announced yesterday afternoon that the investigation assisted by police and forensic experts from Hebei's Baoding City had been completed by 9:20pm on Monday.

The blast also damaged nearby factories, according to the Laiyuan government.




 

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