FIREWORKS BLAST KILLS 9

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(0120 CR M11)FIREWORKS BLAST KILLS 9 DATELINE: Jan 20, 2011 LENGTH: 00:00:48 VOSOT At least nine people have been killed and 21 others injured in a fireworks plant explosion in central China's Henan Province. According to local officials, a blast ripped through Yutian Fireworks Plant on Wednesday afternoon. Several rows of workshops at the plant were destroyed in the explosion. SOUNDBITE: FIREFIGHTER "The blaze is now under control. We are almost done." Local authorities say casualties might rise as some workers were not able to rush out of the workshops. Police say the owner of the plant has fled. Such incidents are common in the lead up to Chinese New Year, as the production of fireworks - often illegally - increases. Chinese New Year takes place on February 3rd this year. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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