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China gas pipeline blast kills eight, injuring 35: State Media

AFP , Sunday 2 Jul 2017
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Rescue workers try to put out a fire after a natural gas pipeline explosion in Beijing, China, December 23, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
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A natural gas pipeline exploded in southwest China on Sunday, killing at least eight people and injuring another 35, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The pipeline, operated by the state-owned oil giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in the town of Shazi in Guizhou province, sprang a leak after it was crushed by a landslide triggered by heavy rains, Xinhua reported.

It blew up around 10:00 am (0200 GMT). Emergency workers put out the blaze and evacuated residents, Xinhua said, citing rescuers.

Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety standards are often lax.

Last year a pipeline explosion at a power station in central China killed at least 21 people.

In 2015, giant blasts killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin, causing over $1 billion in damage and sparking widespread anger over a perceived lack of transparency by officials about the accident's causes and environmental impact.

A government inquiry into the Tianjin accident released in February 2016 recommended 123 people be punished.

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