Beijing: Six people were killed and four
wounded in an explosion at a village recycling station in
north China`s Hebei province, local authorities said on Sunday.
The accident occurred in Qianying village, Dongwang
Township in Dingzhou city, yesterday, spokesman for the local
The explosion immediately killed two and injured
seven. Three of the injured seven died in the hospital.
While clearing debris, local villagers found one more
body, according to the business owner`s daughter.
The owner of the station, surnamed Ma, and his four
family members, were among the dead.
The other victim was a 12-year-old girl from the
neighbourhood who had made a casual visit to the station when
she was caught in the blast.
A preliminary investigation showed that the explosion
was caused by the illegal storage of fireworks at the station,
state-run Xinhua news agency reported.