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7 Killed in Factory Explosion Southwest of Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities say seven people have been killed and one injured in a factory explosion southwest of Beijing.

The expanded polyethylene plant in Hebei province’s Wuji county went up in flames around 6 p.m. Thursday. Expanded polyethylene is a type of foam used in packaging and other industrial uses.

The county government said search and rescue work has been concluded and the cause was under investigation.

With its heavy industrial base, China suffers frequently from factory fires and explosions.

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