Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment sends debris and pink dust is sent falling from the sky for thousands of feet after a Chinese chemical factory explodes.
Officials have confirmed that the blast in the county of Luchuan, in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has killed four people and left seven others injured.
The plant belonging to Guangxi Lanke New Materials Technology Co Ltd was trialling the production of a new adhesive when the explosion happened at around 11:15am local time on 15th October.
Footage shows a large cloud of smoke rising above the plant as debris rains down on nearby residents who duck for cover, while the ground surrounding the factory is also covered in pink dust.
Officials with the Emergency Management Office said the explosion happened inside an enclosed reaction kettle used to synthesise formaldehyde and phenol.
They said human error was suspected, adding that the chemical residue seen blanketing the surrounding area was not harmful to humans or the environment.
While the four deceased victims have not been named by officials, local reports said three of the seven injured remained hospitalised and in serious condition.
Investigations were still ongoing at the time of writing.
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