Chemical blast kills 7 at Internet cafe in China

A human rights group says industrial chemicals stored in cafe caused blast.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 19:12 PM IST

Beijing: An explosion caused by stored chemicals has killed seven people and injured 37 at an Internet cafe in southwest China.

The Kaili city government in Guizhou province says in a statement that the blast occurred at a cafe under a bridge late Saturday. Eleven of those hurt were seriously injured.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the explosion was so powerful it shattered the windows of nearby residential buildings.
A human rights group says industrial chemicals stored in the cafe caused the blast. The fax from the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy cites a police source for that information.

Bureau Report