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Explosions ripped through a chemical plant in southwest China killing at least 16 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents.
Six people were still missing Wednesday and another 57 people were injured, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The first explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. Tuesday in Yizhou city in Guangxi province and the blasts continued until 1 p.m. Fire spread over a nearly 108,000-square-foot (10,000-square-meter) area, Xinhua said, citing an unidentified firefighter in the rescue operation.
Thousands die each year in China from fires, explosions and other industrial accidents often blamed on insufficient safety equipment and workers ignoring safety rules.