Another plant explosion rocks Jilin City China
The incident began just before 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday when an explosion occurred at the plant, after which large flames were seen shooting from the complex.
Videos and photos from the scene showed large plumes of smoke and an orange glow light up the night sky.
Dozens of fire engines and ambulances are at the scene, but there was no immediate word on casualties from authorities.
One report said there had been multiple fatalities and added that several people were rushed to an area hospital with severe burn injuries.
Residents have been urged to stay away from the scene.
State-run media had not mentioned the incident as of 10 p.m. local time, though the Chinese newspaper People's Daily sent out a breaking news alert just before 10 p.m., reporting an explosion at a plant.
It provided no details about casualties. CCTV reported the incident just after 10 p.m.
In 2005, explosions at a Jilin chemical plant caused a massive evacuation of the area.
Tens of thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes.
Six people were killed and dozens injured in the explosions.
Following the incident, an 80-kilometer (50 miles) toxic slick appeared in the Songhua River, which for weeks flowed into the Amur River
An explosion hit a chemical plant on also in August in eastern China, the official Xinhua state news agency said, citing local authorities.
No casualties have been reported yet, Xinhua said.
The blast, which triggered a fire, happened around 8.50pm local time in Huantai county in Shandong province.
The explosion occurred at a factory of Shandong's Runxing Chemical company, according to the official People's Daily.
More than 10 fire engines were at the scene trying to put out the fire, the People's Daily reported, citing an eyewitness.
Windows shattered in the village where the blast occurred, state media said, and tremors reverberated within 2 kilometers (1 mile) of the site of the explosion.
The explosion comes after two huge blasts ripped through a warehouse storing dangerous chemicals in Tianjin on Aug. 12 killing at least 121 people.
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