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10 arrested over fatal factory blast

TEN suspects have been arrested in connection with a factory explosion that killed 16 people and injured 42 others in June in east China's Anhui Province, local authorities said in the provincial capital Hefei yesterday.

An estimated 5 to 7 tons of explosives stored in the two-story office building of Jingxin Mining Co Ltd in Fengyang County of Chuzhou City, detonated at 3:17am on June 21.

In addition to the casualties, the blast left a 5-meter-deep pit, which was 10 meters in diameter, razed the two-story building and ripped through workers' dormitories, dining halls and workshops nearby.

The 10 suspects arrested, including Cao Peijun, general manager of the mining firm, and his son Cao Shun, deputy general manager, were charged with illegally buying and selling explosives and endangering public security.


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