Mon, August 16, 2010
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Death toll from NE China fireworks factory explosion rises to 13, 148 injured

2010-08-16 13:07:27 GMT2010-08-16 21:07:27 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on Aug. 16, 2010 shows smoke and fire remaining after an explosion happened in Yichun, a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. An explosion occurred in a firecrackers factory around 9:40 in Yichun on Monday, causing 13 people died and 148 injured. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Rescuers work at the explosion site in Yichun, a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 16, 2010. An explosion occurred in a firecrackers factory around 9:40 in Yichun on Monday, causing 13 people died and 148 injured. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Water is poured down by a helicopter after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Yichun of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug, 16, 2010. An explosion at the fireworks factory killed at least three people and injured 22 others in Yichun Monday, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

HARBIN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a fireworks factory explosion Monday in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has climbed to 13, with 148 others injured, said local authorities.

The explosion occurred at 9:45 a.m. in a factory owned by the Huali Industry Co., Ltd. in the Wumahe District of Yichun City, said a spokesman with the city's government.

More than 2,000 residents were evacuated after the explosion shattered windows within a kilometer radius and damaged iron fences up to 100 meters away.

Witnesses said the shockwave of the explosion was felt up to five kilometers away.

The fire was now under control after a helicopter dumped water on the blaze, but some fireworks were still exploding, said the spokesman.

More than 1,700 people and 62 fire trucks were trying to completely extinguish the fire and searching for the survivors, he said.

Usually 40 to 50 people worked in the factory during weekdays, but exact number of workers present at the time of the explosion was not known.

"Fire trucks are hosing water onto nearby storehouses to prevent another explosion," said Xu Zhaojun, Party chief of Yinchun City.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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