Five killed in blast at China fireworks factory
Five people have been killed and seven others injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in central China, just weeks ahead of the Chinese New Year, authorities said.
The Tongxu county government in Henan province said a team has been set up to investigate the blast, the cause of which was not immediately clear.
China is less than a month away from new year celebrations, when holiday revellers set off fireworks to ring in the new lunar year.
There are often reports of fireworks-related incidents at factories in the weeks leading up to the holiday, as China generally has a poor record on workplace safety.
On Wednesday, four workers died in an explosion at a machinery factory in the eastern city of Shanghai.
The county of Tongxu was in the spotlight recently when local authorities ordered the demolition of a gigantic statute of communist revolutionary Mao Zedong, after the structure drew sneers from a large segment of the public.