Nine missing in Chinese chemical plant blast

Beijing, Oct 21 (IANS) Nine people were reported missing and two were injured following an explosion in a chemical plant in east China on Wednesday, local authorities said.

A blast ripped through the 401 workshop of Shandong Tianbao Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. in Shandong Province, at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

All nine workers in the workshop were missing for while two in a neighbouring workshop were injured.

The nine missing included a 26-year-old woman and eight men aged between 24 and 41.

The cause of the blast was under investigation.

The company, founded in 1958, was a designated manufacturer of explosive materials for civil use.

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