Chemical blast kills 7 at Internet cafe in China

07-Dec-2010 Intellasia | AP | 7:01 AM Print This Post

An explosion caused by illegally stored chemicals killed seven people and injured 37 at an Internet cafe in southwestern China, state media and the local government said Sunday.

The blast occurred late Saturday in a shop next to the cafe, located under a bridge, the Kaili city government in Guizhou province said in a statement. The official Xinhua News Agency said eight of those hurt were seriously injured.

Six people were killed on the spot and one woman died of extensive burns Sunday after treatment at a hospital failed, Xinhua said. Investigators are identifying the bodies, which included one child, the report said.

Packs of highly concentrated aluminum chloride and sodium nitrite, which are hazardous, were stacked up against a wall in a shop that sold chemicals next to the Internet cafe, the report said. It did not say how the chemicals were ignited.

Firefighters enter an Internet cafe following an explosion, downtown of Kaili city in Miao-Dong Autonomous Prefecture of Qiandongnan, in southwest China's Guizhou Province, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. An explosion caused by stored chemicals killed six people and injured 37 at the Internet cafe in southwest China.
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Police detained a person for illegal possession of the chemicals, while the cafe’s boss and manager were also being held by police for questioning, it said.

The explosion shattered the windows of nearby residential buildings, Xinhua said.


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