Explosion sparks renewed concerns about China's chemical plants
BEIJING (AP) - An explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe.
Tuesday's blast at the plant at Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian province caused no chemical leaks, officials said, but environmental activists seized on the accident as a warning of potential problems at factories that produce paraxylene, or PX, which is used in printing and to make polyesters.
The blast shattered windows in a nearby village, injuring some residents, including Mr Lin Jianzhou, whose leg was injured when his roof collapsed, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing reporters on the scene.
PX plants around the country have become a hot-button issue, especially among China's growing middle class.