1 missing, 1 injured in E China oil tank explosion

2013-03-30 01:44:05 GMT2013-03-30 09:44:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Photo taken on March 29, 2013 shows the accident site where an oil tank exploded in Gaoliu Township in Qingzhou, east China's Shandong Province. An oil tank exploded and caught fire in east China's Shandong Province on Friday, leaving one person seriously injured and another one missing, local authorities said. (Photo/Xinhua)Photo taken on March 29, 2013 shows the accident site where an oil tank exploded in Gaoliu Township in Qingzhou, east China's Shandong Province. An oil tank exploded and caught fire in east China's Shandong Province on Friday, leaving one person seriously injured and another one missing, local authorities said. (Photo/Xinhua)
Firefighters try to put out the fire after an oil tank exploded in Gaoliu Township in Qingzhou, east China's Shandong Province, March 29, 2013. An oil tank exploded and caught fire in east China's Shandong Province on Friday, leaving one person seriously injured and another one missing, local authorities said. (Photo/Xinhua)Firefighters try to put out the fire after an oil tank exploded in Gaoliu Township in Qingzhou, east China's Shandong Province, March 29, 2013. An oil tank exploded and caught fire in east China's Shandong Province on Friday, leaving one person seriously injured and another one missing, local authorities said. (Photo/Xinhua)

An oil tank exploded and caught fire in east China's Shandong Province on Friday, leaving one person seriously injured and another one missing, local authorities said.

The blast happened around 9 a.m. in a tank storage area in an industrial zone in Gaoliu Township in the city of Qingzhou, a municipal firefighter said.

More than ten fire trucks have been sent to the scene to put out the fire.

Firefighters have used high-pressure water jets to cool down seven nearby tanks that contain crude oil in order to prevent subsequent explosions.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

 

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