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Jan 31, 2019 06:16 PM
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Deadly Hebei Chemical Factory Blast Was Years in the Making

The remains of a large truck burned in an explosion sit near the Shenghua Chemical Co. complex in Zhangjiakou, North China's Hebei province on Nov. 29. Photo: Ding Gang/Caixin
The remains of a large truck burned in an explosion sit near the Shenghua Chemical Co. complex in Zhangjiakou, North China's Hebei province on Nov. 29. Photo: Ding Gang/Caixin

“After the explosion, a swarm of journalists came. Now there’s no sign of them,” a villager complained, one month after a deadly chemical explosion on the outskirts of Zhangjiakou, the city in North China’s Hebei province that will host most of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics’ skiing events.

On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 28, an explosion occurred outside a chemical plant in Qiaodong district, killing 23 people and injuring 22. The official investigation found the blast was caused by a leakage of vinyl chloride gas from Shenghua Chemical Co. Ltd., owned by the state-backed China Chemical Group Co. (ChemChina). When the leaking gas met an open flame, it caused a deadly explosion that was so severe it burned to a crisp some trucks lining the nearby highway.

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