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Metal chunks bombard school

A CITY middle school has been bombarded by chunks of metal from a nearby factory over recent months, terrifying pupils and teachers.

Operations to break up components at an elevator parts factory in the Pudong New Area have seen pieces fly into the school grounds, damaging a bicycle shed roof and landing on the playground.

School staff also claim the factory produces harmful fumes and dust that has meant students have to wear masks.

The local environmental watchdog told Shanghai Daily yesterday that they have investigated the incident, but have not yet devised a solution.

On Tuesday morning, a 3.6-kilogram lump of iron smashed the roof of the bike stand, before bouncing on to the nearby gatehouse.

"It's lucky that students had not arrived at that time, and that I was not in the gatehouse," said the gatekeeper, surnamed Xi.

The factory is about 60 to 70 meters from the school. It is claimed that its 2-meter walls are peppered with holes gouged out by ricocheting pieces of metal.

Workers there use mechanical hammers to break large metal pieces into smaller ones, local news portal,, reported.

They told the website they worked behind large boards to minimize the danger to themselves from chunks of metal flying off.

An official with Jiufeng Village, where the factory is located, refused to comment.

However, the website report said that the village committee has asked the factory to build higher walls.


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