China fireworks plant blast kills 13, injures 148

August 16, 2010 15:48

BEIJING — A massive explosion ripped through a fireworks factory in northeast China early Monday, killing at least 13 workers, damaging nearby buildings and causing secondary blasts.

Up to 50 people were working at the fireworks factory in the city of Yichun in Heilongjiang province when it was rocked by the explosion, according to a statement posted on the local government's website.A total of 148 people were injured by the blast, which could be felt up to 2 miles (5 kilometers) away and smashed windows in the local government offices and other buildings, the statement said.

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