Explosion at factory in China kills 65

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An explosion at a factory in China on Saturday killed 65 people, reported state broadcaster China Central Television.

More than 150 people were also injured when a "powerful blast ripped through" the factory, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

The incident occurred at 7.37am in a wheel hub polishing workshop in the factory in Kunshan, a city in the Jiangsu province. Rescue work and investigations are underway.

An initial probe indicated that the explosion may have been caused by flames igniting dusts, the Ministry of Public Security said via its official weibo microblog site.

Graphic photographs posted online showed a charred body being wheeled on a stretcher, and people with burned clothing sitting on the ground outside the factory complex, which was billowing black smoke.

"The scene is a mess, it’s unrecognisable," a witness at the scene wrote on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

The People’s Daily newspaper reported online that the factory employs 450 workers. The workshop is owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products.

Source: AFP, Xinhua