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Man hurt in chem explosion

A WORKER was injured yesterday in an explosion at a chemical factory in Heqing Town, Pudong New Area.

The explosion at 8:40am caused a strong air wave that crushed the windows and doors of 10 nearby residential buildings and damaged solar panels on roof tops.

The worker, 45, suffered burns on his face, head and hair. He was sent to Shanghai Seventh People's Hospital and listed in stable condition, said hospital officials.

Local police said the explosion was possibly caused by an error by the injured worker, but they were still looking into the case.

The chemical factory was owned by Shanghai Shenli Chemical Co Ltd.

According to the director of the factory, surnamed Ma, the worker was adding formaldehyde into the reaction kettle in the workshop when it suddenly exploded.

"He added too much chemical substances in one hour, which should be slowly added in four hours," Ma said.


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