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China to Close Industrial Park Where Blast Killed 78 People

  • Chemical plant explosion prompted rescue order from Xi
  • March 21 incident highlighted continued industrial risks
Debris of the chemical plant of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co., Ltd. after an explosion on March 24.
Debris of the chemical plant of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co., Ltd. after an explosion on March 24. Source: Imaginechina via AP Images

China will close an industrial park in the eastern province of Jiangsu where an explosion last month killed 78 people.

The Xiangshui Chemical Industrial Park in Chenjiagang will be permanently shuttered, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday, citing local officials. Some 187 people are still in the hospital following the March 21 explosion, the report said.