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5 missing in Gansu chemical plant blast

FIVE people were missing and six were injured yesterday after a chemical plant exploded in northwest China's Gansu Province, local government officials said.

The blast happened at around 5:30 pm at a chemical plant run by the Lanzhou Chemical Company of the China National Petroleum Corporation in the provincial capital of Lanzhou, the officials said at a press briefing last night.

The plant was 30 km away from downtown. Residential buildings near the plant were not affected, the officials said.

Two people were confirmed dead yesterday. The exact death toll and property losses were still unknown. Local safety authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.


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