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China Plant Blast Kills 65

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Medical personnel transport a victim of a factory explosion, at a hospital in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, August 2, 2014. An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at a factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including

Medical personnel transport a victim of a factory explosion, at a hospital in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, August 2, 2014. An explosion killed at least 65 people and injured more than 120 at a factory in China that makes wheels for U.S. carmakers, including

Chinese officials say 65 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in an explosion at a factory in eastern Kunshan City.

Authorities say the explosion occurred at 7:30 a.m. Saturday (1130 Friday UTC) in an automobile wheel hub grinding workshop owned by a Taiwanese firm.

A preliminary investigation showed that the blast was probably caused when dust in an enclosed room was exposed to a spark or flame.

The local city government said 45 bodies were pulled from rubble and another 20 people died later in hospitals. Many of the injured had severe burns.

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