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Blast at steel plant in NE China kills at least 13

BEIJING (AP) – At least 13 people have been killed and 17 hurt in a blast at a steel plant in northeastern China.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the blast late Monday night in Anshan city in Liaoning province happened when a mold exploded in a steel-casting plant. The cause of the explosion was not given. Calls to the government offices in Anshan rang unanswered Tuesday.

Rapid economic growth and lax safety measures mean that industrial accidents are relatively common in China.

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