HONG KONG Aug 4 Local government officials in
China repeatedly warned a car parts factory that was rocked by a
deadly blast over the weekend that high levels of dust could
spark an explosion, the South China Morning Post newspaper
reported on Monday.
The blast at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd
factory in the city of Kunshan on Saturday killed at least 71
people and injured more than 180.
A preliminary investigation suggested it was triggered when
a flame was lit in a dust-filled room, the local government said
at a news conference on Saturday, describing the incident as a
serious safety breach.
The company had ignored prior warnings about dust, an
unidentified official at the Kunshan Administration of Work
Safety told the newspaper.
Neither Kunshan officials nor executives from Kunshan
Zhongrong could be reached for comment.
Based about an hour's drive from Shanghai, Kunshan Zhongrong
polishes wheel hubs for automakers including General Motors Co
. The blast is China's worst industrial accident in a
The official Xinhua news agency said two company
representatives had been taken into police custody and that
President Xi Jinping had demanded a full inquiry into what
happened and punishment for those responsible.
(Reporting by Clare Baldwin in HONG KONG and SHANGHAI Newsroom;
Editing by Dean Yates)