Chinese Power Station Explosion Kills 21

A power plant in central China is the site of the country's latest industrial accident after a high-pressure steam pipe exploded on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring an additional five, according to the Associated Press.

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A power plant in central China is the site of the country's most recent industrial accident after a high-pressure steam pipe exploded on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring an additional five, according to the Associated Press.

The power station in question is located in the city of Danyang. Officials were quick to the site to begin rescue efforts, reported website Hubei Daily. Investigators are looking into the possible cause of the steam pipe explosion.

China's central government has ordered ordered massive safety upgrades in factories, power plants and mines following a series of recent industrial accidents and explosions. Perhaps the most notable was the explosions in Tianjin a year ago, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 173 people — one of the worst workplace accidents in the country. 

Other industrial incidents in China earlier this year include a massive fireworks factory blast that killed 3 and injured 52 in January as well as an aluminum plant accident that killed 11 workers, among others. 

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