Dozens Killed in Qingdao Pipeline Rupture (Updated)

Dozens Killed in Qingdao Pipeline Rupture (Updated)

[See updates below]

An explosion outside a petrochemical plant on the outskirts of Qingdao has killed three people and injured 48. From the South China Morning Post:

Three people have been confirmed dead, the local newspaper Bandao Dushibao reported in a weibo post. Two people died within the premises of the chemical [plant], the newspaper said. Photos show ruptured streets and destroyed vehicles.

Around 3am an oil pipeline ruptured causing an oil spill, the Qingdao municipal government said in a weibo post around noon. The repairs led to a fire and caused the explosion, according to the weibo post. Two fires were extinguished by 1pm. [Source]

See also a CRIEnglish report.

Official Chinese media tweeted photos from the scene:

Update: On Friday, the death toll was raised to 35, according to Xinhua News:

BBC has more details on the explosion:

The leaking pipeline was spotted early on Friday, and the explosion happened several hours later, the Qingdao government said on its official microblog.

[…] A man quoted by Xinhua said he had only seen something similar to the blast “in a disaster film”.

The authorities have ruled out terrorism but say the incident remains under investigation.

[…] Because the scene of Friday morning’s explosion is close to the coast, barriers have been erected to stop oil leaking into the sea, reports said. [Source]


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