The incident took place in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, according to Dahebao, the official provincial daily which quoted the authorities.
An explosion occurred Monday in a chemical factory in northern China, announced an official media which did not advance a human toll, but material damage in the surrounding buildings.
According to videos posted on social media, a fire broke out at the industrial site, releasing very dense gray smoke that formed a huge mushroom in the sky.
The human toll is not yet known
Other images show housing on the ground strewn with shards of glass, frightened people leaving buildings or window frames falling at the foot of buildings, due to the blast of the explosion.
“Staff have been dispatched to the scene, the fire has been extinguished and the human toll is not yet known,” Dahebao newspaper said on the Weibo social network, citing authorities.
According to residents interviewed by local media, the explosion occurred around 5:25 p.m. and people were injured by shards of glass. The factory, named Jiangyang, had already been hit by an explosion in September 2021, according to Dahebao.
Industrial accidents occur regularly in China, often due to poor compliance with safety rules.
In March 2019, the explosion of a chemical factory in Yancheng, a city located 260 kilometers north of Shanghai, caused the death of 78 people and devastated homes for several kilometers around.
But one of the most serious industrial accidents is the one that occurred in 2015 in Tianjin (north). A gigantic explosion in a chemical warehouse had killed at least 165 people in this large port city located 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing.