After Fatal Explosion, Jiangsu Chemical Firms Ordered to Relocate Away From People



Authorities in the eastern province of Jiangsu are telling chemical firms to move away from population centers or shut up shop, as they respond to the deadly explosion that killed 78 and injured hundreds more in March.

The blast at the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemicals fertilizer and pesticide plant in Xiangshui county left a 100 meter-wide (328 feet) crater and released hazardous chemicals into the air and water nearby. The cause appears to have been the improper storage of inflammable hazardous waste. Inspectors flagged safety risks at the plant in a visit a year earlier.

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