Explosion at Chemical Plant in North China Claims Two Lives
April 12, 2010
An explosion at a chemical plant in north China''s Chifeng City is reported to have killed two people and injured another forcing authorities to evacuate as many as 700 residents in the proximity of the site. The blast, in the Shengsen Silicon Technology Development Co, Ltd in north China''s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, occurred when a high-pressure storage tank containing silicon tetrachloride exploded, Xinhua news agency reported. The company was reported to be building and installing production equipments capable of producing 3,000 tons of silicon dioxide a year. Police and work safety officials are still investigating the cause of the accident. Residents have since returned to their homes after local environmental authorities announced that the atmospheric conditions in the town were safe.