Blast in Chinese fireworks factory kills 5

January 14, 2016 4:52 pm

is less than a month away from new year celebrations. Photo / Warren BucklandAuthorities in central China say five people have been killed and seven injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory, just weeks ahead of the Chinese New Year.
The Tongxu county government in Henan province said Thursday that a team was set up to investigate the blast. Its cause was not immediately clear.
China is less than a month away from new year celebrations, when holiday revelers set off fireworks to ring in the new lunar year. Often, there are reports of fireworks-related incidents at factories in the weeks leading to the holiday, as China generally has a poor record in workplace safety.
On Wednesday, a machinery factory was hit by an explosion that killed four workers in the eastern city of Shanghai.

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