Terrifying images show massive explosion rip through yet another chemical facility in China – the fourth toxic blast the country had in less than a month

Firefighters battle a fire at a chemical plant after explosion on September 7 in Lishui, China. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire
Firefighters battle a fire at a chemical plant after explosion on September 7 in Lishui, China. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire
China saw the fourth chemical explosion in less than a month yesterday.
 
This time the explosion was in Lishui, a city known for its picturesque landscape in the Zhejiang province of eastern China.
 
So far, no injuries or casualties have been reported and the fire is said to be under control, according to People’s Daily Online
Chinese media has reported that an electric welder was misused, which led to the ignition of methanol in the factory and caused the fire
Chinese media has reported that an electric welder was misused, which led to the ignition of methanol in the factory and caused the fire
It is thought that the fire started on the ground floor of the three storey factory building where the chemical plant's refinery was housed
It is thought that the fire started on the ground floor of the three storey factory building where the chemical plant’s refinery was housed
Initial reports indicate that the explosion occurred sometime in the afternoon of September 7. 
 
Fire trucks from several local fire departments were dispatched to Nanming Chemical Co Ltd in the city’s economic development zone at 3.33pm.
 
The fire was controlled by 6.30pm.
 
Photographs of the fire site showed roaring flames towering over the neighbouring trees.
 
As fire trucks sprayed foam over the fire, heavy smoked bellowed out.
 
Desolate, burnt out buildings and cars were left after the fire died down but no one was injured. 
 
It is thought that the fire started on the ground floor of the three storey factory building where the refinery was housed. 
 
Chinanews.com has reported that an electric welder was apparently misused, which led to the ignition of methanol in the factory.
Fire trucks from several local fire departments were dispatched to Nanming Chemical Co Ltd in the city's economic development zone
Fire trucks from several local fire departments were dispatched to Nanming Chemical Co Ltd in the city’s economic development zone
The buildings and grounds of the chemical plant was left desolate following the explosion and fire, which was dampened with foam spray 
The buildings and grounds of the chemical plant was left desolate following the explosion and fire, which was dampened with foam spray
Lishui is known for its picturesque landscape. However, this explosion makes it the fourth chemical explosion in less than a month
Lishui is known for its picturesque landscape. However, this explosion makes it the fourth chemical explosion in less than a month
According to the company’s website, Nanming Chemical Co Ltd specialises in ‘development and production of hi-tech fine chemical products’.
 
The sizable company was founded in 1994 and has an estimated revenue of 150 million Yuan (£15 million). 
 
The Lishui incident makes it the fourth chemical explosion that has been reported in China in less than a month.
 
An enormous explosion that sent shock waves through the city of Tianjin, eastern China, on August 12 was the first of these.
 
The accident caused the deaths of more than 150 people.
 
This was followed in quick succession by two separate explosions in Shangdong, a province just south of Tianjin.
 
The four explosions called into question the safety measures employed at the chemical plants and local media speculates that there will be increased stringency announced in coming months. 
 
Tianjin mayor Huang Xingguo has already announced that the city would step up controls on hazardous chemicals companies and others are expected to follow suit.
 
It is currently not known whether anyone will be charged over causing the explosions in Lishui.
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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