22 people killed and at least 22 others are left injured in a chemical factory explosion.
At the early hours of Wednesday morning in the northern Hebei province of China, an explosion occurred at a chemical factory, leaving 22 people dead and 22 others injured, the explosion happened at the entrance of the factory when a vehicle transporting dangerous chemicals blew up.
As reported by a source to Al Jazeera, the fire engulfed 50 vehicles, a video of the blast scene in Zhangjiakou city shared by state media showed billowing black smoke and flames, while photographs showed rows of burned-out cars and trucks lining the streets.
however, the blast has been contained, the state media reported.
“On-site search and rescue work and investigation of the cause of the accident are still underway,” the Propaganda Department said.
Aljazeera reported that the blast which happened at Zhangjiakou, a city about 156km northwest of Beijing, is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics alongside the capital Beijing.