BEIJING — An explosion ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China and triggered a fire Saturday night, state media said, just over a week after a similar blast at a Chinese chemical warehouse killed 121 people.

No casualties were immediately reported following the explosion in Shandong province, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The explosion triggered a fire and a dozen fire engines were battling the blaze, Xinhua said.

The blast follows the Aug. 12 chemical warehouse explosion in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin. At least 121 people were killed in that disaster, while another 54 remain unaccounted for.

The cause of the Tianjin disaster is still under investigation, although state media reports say the warehouse – which was storing sodium cyanide and other dangerous chemicals – was located too close to residential areas and may have obtained falsified safety approvals.


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