Explosion at gas factory in central China kills at least 12

An aerial view shows the aftermath of the blast at a gas plant in Yima city in central China's Henan province Saturday

An aerial view shows the aftermath of the blast at a gas plant in Yima city in central China's Henan province Saturday

The Friday evening explosion in Yima city in Henan province shattered windows 1.9 miles away and knocked off doors inside buildings, Chinese state media reports said.

A auto is seen crushed by a pole near the site of an explosion at the Henan Coal Gas Group factory in Yima city, in China on Saturday.

A huge explosion rocked a gas plant in central China on Friday, causing many injuries and shattering windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre radius, state media said.

The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment.

The official Xinhua news agency said the explosion occurred in the air separation unit of the Yima gas factory of the Henan Coal Gas (Group) Co., Ltd.

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In March, an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds.

The MEM has sent a work team and the National Health Commission has dispatched medical experts to the site. "Customers who bought goods outside were hurt by broken glass", he said.

Two people remained missing as emergency crews worked on the site. The factory was named as the first provincial-level enterprise to put in place a double prevention system for safety production risks in Henan this month.

Further investigation is underway.

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