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Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:19am
Zhangqiu City, Shandong Province, China — Twelve people have been confirmed dead in a blast that ripped through an explosives manufacturing plant in east China's Shandong Province Monday morning.
The explosion occurred this morning at the plant owned by the Poly Explosives (Jinan) Company at Caofan Township in the city of Zhangqiu. Thirty-four workers were working in the plant at the time of the accident, according to the local fire department.
As of Monday afternoon, 31 workers had been pulled out of the rubble, including 12 who were killed, the statement said.
Search and rescue work for the remaining 20 missing workers is under way.
The Poly Explosives (Jinan) Company is a professional manufacturer of civil explosive materials. Covering an area of 66 hectares, the company's plant at Caofan Township serves as a new manufacturing base with an annual output of at least 30,000 tons of explosives, according to information on the company's official website.