Powerful explosions rocked a fireworks factory in south-west China on Wednesday night (July 8), leaving at least six people injured, authorities said.
A billowing yellow cloud rose over the factory in the city of Guanghan in Sichuan province after the first blast, and then thick, black smoke poured from the plant. A second explosion followed.
Six people were injured, including two with serious wounds, the Guanghan city government said in a statement on social media.
The fire was brought under control and the cause of the incident, which occurred at 9:10 pm, is under investigation, the government said.
Crews from 10 fire stations raced to the factory but for security reasons were kept 500 meters from it.
Video footage shared on the social platform Weibo showed damage inside homes near the factory.
Industrial incidents occur frequently in China, where safety rules are often poorly enforced.
That plant had been cited several times for violating environmental protection standards.