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Chemical blast kills 16 people in China

March 01, 2012
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BEIJING — At least 16 people were killed and more than 40 were injured Tuesday in an explosion at the Hebei Zhaoxian Keeper Chemical Co. plant in northern China, MSNBC reported.

The blast occurred during the production of guanidine nitrate, a high-energy fuel and propellant.

Zhaoxian deputy chief Wu Haijiang said rescue work had been stopped due to the risk of explosions.

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