China Chemical Plant Blast Kills One as Tianjin Death Toll Rises

A Chinese chemical plant explosion in the eastern province of Shandong left one person dead and injured several others, in the country’s second deadly industrial mishap in less than two weeks.

An employee died following the blast in a factory operated by Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co., according to a statement on Sunday from the government of Huantai county, where the plant is located. The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on Saturday after a separator caught fire and exploded, injuring at least nine people, the county government said.

The latest deadly industrial accident occurred as President Xi Jinping’s government ordered an investigation into the cause of a chemical explosion in Tianjin on Aug. 12. The death toll from blasts at a warehouse holding toxic material in the city adjacent to Beijing increased to 121 on Saturday, including 67 firefighters and seven policemen, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Shandong Runxing, a unit of Runxing Group, produces chemicals such as adiponitrile, a colorless liquid that can burn when encountering fire and can give off toxic fumes after decomposing on heating or burning, Xinhua said.