Explosion at Chemical Plant Sends Thick Smoke into Sky

Initial reports stated silicon oil caught fire at the plant.

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An explosion at a silicon oil plant in Southeast China occurred on Saturday, which sent thick, black smoke into the sky and held an evacuation in place.Image courtesy of Borchee / iStock / Getty Images Plus

An explosion  at a chemical plant in southeastern China at noon (0200 GMT) on Saturday sent thick, black smoke into the air, state media reported.

The blast took place at a plant owned by the silicon oil production company Jiangxi QianTai New Materials at around noon in the city of Guixi, Jiangxi province, according to Chinese state media outlet CCTV.

Video capturing the dramatic scenes circulated on the social media platform Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, featuring what sounded like the voices of firefighters urging people to keep their distance.

Footage posted on Weibo by CCTV and People’s Daily, another Chinese state media outlet, showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing into the air and emergency services attending to the scene.

Initial reports suggest that the explosion occurred after silicon oil caught fire, according to CCTV.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that led to the explosion.

CCTV said no injuries had been reported and people living nearby had been evacuated.

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