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Rapid response following plant explosion

Updated: Apr 7,2015 11:23 AM

State Councilor and Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun ordered police forces to take part in fire fighting and rescue efforts following an explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangzhou, South China’s Fujian province. He also called for measures to prevent any secondary disasters.

The explosion, at a plant producing PX (paraxylene) in the Zhangzhou Gulei Port Economy Development Zone, occurred at about 19:00 on April 6. A total of six people are being treated at a local hospital, and the fire has not yet been extinguished.

You Quan, Party secretary of the province, and Fujian Governor Su Shulin called for a prompt investigation and identification of the casualties, and they also called on local authorities to minimize the effects of the incident on residents.