China Explosion, Lift Collapse Kill At Least 32

From Reuters:

An explosion rocked a Chinese village and a construction lift plummeted to the ground in a provincial capital on Saturday, killing at least 32 people, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The blast in Donggancheng village, in central Henan province, happened just after 1 a.m. when detonators being illegally stored by a villager were set off, Xinhua said, citing officials with the local work safety office.

The explosion flattened more than 10 homes, killing at least 15 people and injuring nine others, Xinhua said. Police were pursuing suspects behind the blast, it added.

Separately, a lift carrying workers at a residential development being built in Changsha, Hunan province, crashed to the ground at around 7:30 a.m., killing at least 17 and seriously injuring another, Xinhua said.

More recent work safety related incidents are being compiled by Chinese netizens here.

December 27, 2008 4:50 AM
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