China: Molten aluminum spill kills 14, injures 59

At least 14 people died and 59 injured when a container spilled molten aluminum with a temperature of 900 degrees Celsius at a factory in eastern China, state media reported Monday. Xinhua News Agency said the accident on Sunday night at a plant affiliated to the Weiqiao Pioneering Group Co. in Zouping County, Shandong province, cracked walls, smashed windows and caused the roof of the factory to blow right off. The 59 injured workers were hospitalized, but Xinhua did not say how serious their injuries were. It was not immediately clear exactly how the 14 died. Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety measures have not always kept pace with rapid economic development.