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Blast at China Car Parts Plant Kills 68

Updated: 08/02/2014 8:38 AM
Created: 08/02/2014 8:37 AM WDIO.com

BEIJING (AP) — Officials say at least 68 people were killed and nearly 200 others injured in an explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors.

It was China's most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 119 people in June last year.

Saturday morning's explosion occurred when more than 200 workers were on the site of the factory, which is in an industrial zone in the city of Kunshan. That's about 600 miles southeast of Beijing.

Some survivors were seen sitting on wooden cargo platforms on the road outside the factory or being carried into ambulances, their clothes apparently burned off and their skin exposed.

A preliminary investigation showed that the blast was likely a dust explosion.

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This photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the site of an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory in Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Dozens of people were killed by the explosion at the factory.
AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Hengzhi

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