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Chemical Blast Kills Seven in China

December 06, 2010
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An explosion caused by illegally stored chemicals killed seven people and injured 37 at an Internet cafe in southwestern China, state media and the local government said, reports the Associated Press. The blast occurred in a shop next to the cafe. The official Xinhua News Agency said eight of those hurt were seriously injured. Six people were killed on the spot and one woman died of extensive burns after treatment at a hospital failed, Xinhua said. Packs of highly concentrated aluminum chloride and sodium nitrite, which are hazardous, were stacked up against a wall in a shop that sold chemicals next to the Internet cafe, the report said. It did not say how the chemicals were ignited.
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