China fires officials over deadly factory blast

China punishes city, provincial officials for factory blast that killed 146

China fires officials over deadly factory blast

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say authorities have fired the top two officials in an eastern Chinese city where an explosion at an auto parts factory in August killed 146 people in the country's worst industrial accident since 2005.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that the State Council -- China's Cabinet -- dismissed the party chief and mayor of the city of Kunshan and issued a demerit to a deputy provincial governor.

The dust explosion at Zhongrong Metal Products Co. Ltd., which supplied parts to General Motors, killed 75 people immediately. The death toll eventually climbed to 146, highlighting continuing problems in China with workplace safety. A 2005 mine accident in northeastern China killed 171 people.

Updated : 2021-04-14 11:08 GMT+08:00