| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

China: Gas explosion kills over 30 people at restaurant

According to state media, a blast occurred at a restaurant in Yinchuan, a city in northwestern China, resulting in a minimum of 31 fatalities. The state-operated Xinhua news agency stated that an additional seven individuals were undergoing intensive medical treatment due to burns and injuries caused by shattered glass.
The blast occurred at around 8:40 p.m. local time at a barbeque restaurant on a busy street in the capital of the traditionally Muslim Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

It was caused by “a leak of liquefied petroleum gas,” Xinhua reported, citing the regional Communist Party committee.

People were gathering for the start of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday.

The Ministry of Emergency Management said local fire and rescue services had deployed more than 100 people and 20 vehicles to the scene.

State broadcaster CCTV showed visuals of more than a dozen firefighters working at the site as smoke billowed out of a huge hole in the restaurant’s facade.

The footage also showed glass shards and other debris littered on the street.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told authorities to go all out to treat the wounded and said safety supervision in key sectors should be strengthened, CCTV reported.

Safety issues
China regularly witnesses such types of industrial accidents, usually attributed to poor government supervision, corruption, cost-cutting measures by employers and little safety training for employees.

During the Asian nation’s May Day holiday, at least nine people were killed in a blast at a petrochemical plant.

In 2015, a series of explosions in the northern port city of Tianjin left 173 people dead.

  • DW