22:45 GMT +317 January 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A massive explosion took place in a chemical plant in Zhuhai in China’s southern Guangdong province on Tuesday afternoon, the Zhuhai Emergency Management Bureau said in a statement.

    "At around 1:40 pm (GMT 5:40 am) on January 14, the Zhuhai Changlian Petrochemical Co., Ltd. in Gaolanguang District caught on fire," the Zhuhai Emergency Management Bureau said in a statement on its official Weibo account.

    According to the statement, the fire had already been put out and no casualties had been discovered on the scene.

    ​The authorities have already launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

    The Guangdong Radio and Television, a local broadcasting company, posted on its verified Weibo account a video showing a huge fire and black smoke emerging from a chemical plant in Zhuhai.

    The recent blast is the latest in the string of industrial accidents that have rocked China in recent years. In March, a major explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed 78 people and prompted authorities to step up security measures around the country.

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