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Ship carrying fertilizer explodes, 1 killed

A cargo barge carrying chemical fertilizer exploded at about 6am today on the Zhangjing River in the city's southern Jinshan District, victimizing a family of three on the ship, a report on said.

The woman is confirmed dead because of severe injuries.

Her husband and son were still hospitalized for injuries that are less life-threatening.

District authorities confirmed that unidentified gas in the ship cabin exploded and fired spread quickly.

The blast has not caused a chemical pollution in the river by the time of reporting and officials are investigating the cause of the incident, the report said.


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