Dozens Perish in Explosion at Car Parts Plant in East China

A scene of devastation at a car parts factory in Kunshan following a huge dust explosion. (Weibo.com)
A scene of devastation at a car parts factory in Kunshan following a huge dust explosion. (Weibo.com)

At least 69 people have died, and 187 people were seriously injured following a factory explosion in Jiangsu Province early on August 2.

The incident happened at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Production Company in a car wheel hub polishing workshop, and is thought to have been caused by a metallic dust explosion. The plant supplies parts to General Motors.

There were 264 people in the workshop at the time, and the number of casualties is expected to rise. Victims were reported as having had their clothes, and hair burned off, with 70 percent burns to the body being the least serious injury, according to Sina News.

Five managers of the Taiwanese company are being held by police pending the investigation. The disaster happened only two days after the gas explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which killed 28 people.

Translated research by Michelle and Iris.

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