Rescue efforts end after deadly chemical truck explosion in north ChinaStaff Writer | November 29, 2018
Rescue work came to a close for a chemical truck explosion in the city of Zhangjiakou, northern China's Hebei Province, Wednesday, which caused 23 deaths and 22 injuries.
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A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded in Qiaodong District in the city of Zhangjiakou at around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, causing a series of blasts of nearby vehicles.
A total of 23 people were confirmed dead, and the injured are receiving treatment in nearby hospitals, said a source of the city's fire department.
The fire was extinguished as of Wednesday afternoon.
According to a preliminary investigation, the truck carrying acetylene exploded when entering the Haipo'er New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry, a big chemical enterprise.
The blast ignited 38 trucks and 12 cars nearby.
The blasts and ensuing fire also damaged a high-voltage power line, leading to a power outage at four communication base stations and several companies including Haipo'er New Energy Technology.
The Ministry of Emergency Management has sent a work team to the site to guide rescue work, while the local government is verifying the identities of the victims.
Further investigation is underway. ■