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8 dead, 9 injured in petrochemical plant explosion
Last Updated: 2017-06-06 07:16 | Xinhuanet
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CHINA-SHANDONG-PETROCHEMICAL PLANT-EXPLOSION (CN)

Rescuers work at the explosion site of a petrochemical company in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province, June 5, 2017. Eight people have been confirmed dead while nine were injured following an explosion at a petrochemical company in east China's Shandong Province Monday morning. (Xinhua)

Rescuers have retrieved a further seven bodies following an explosion at a petrochemical company in eastern China's Shandong Province Monday morning, bringing the death toll to eight.

As of 4 p.m., the fire in Linyi city had been put out with secondary disasters unlikely, according to the emergency rescue headquarters.

Nine others were injured after a liquefied gas tanker exploded around 1 a.m. Monday, causing the fire in the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Company, in the city's Lingang Economic Development Area.

The injured were not in critical condition, according to the rescuers.

Police have detained the owner of the company.

More than 900 firefighters and over 170 fire engines were mobilized to extinguish the flames, with people in nearby villages and plants evacuated.

An investigation is underway.

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