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Blast caused by illegal explosives kills at least 9 in China - Xinhua | Reuters

BEIJING An explosion in northern China's Shanxi province on Saturday evening killed at least nine and injured six, state news agency Xinhua reported. The blast occurred in a residential building and was believed to have been caused by illegally stored explosives, Xinhua said. An investigation was underway.

A number of buildings collapsed and search and rescue work continued on Sunday afternoon, said state broadcaster CCTV. China has a poor record of industrial explosive accidents in residential areas.

In October, 14 people were killed in neighbouring Shaanxi province when a blast caused by illegally stored explosives destroyed a block of prefabricated houses.

A province-wide investigation into explosive production and storage was launched following the incident.Both Shanxi and Shaanxi have large coal mining industries, where explosives are regularly used. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Randy Fabi)

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Published Date: Apr 02, 2017 13:44 PM | Updated Date: Apr 02, 2017 13:44 PM

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