China chemical blast: Blast outside Zhangjiakou plant kills 22

At least 22 humans have died and 22 more were injured in a blast outdoor a chemical manufacturing facility in northern China.

A automobile wearing chemical substances exploded even as waiting to enter Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co plant in Zhangjiakou, north of Beijing, initial reviews endorse.

Photos from the scene confirmed dozens of burned out vehicles and vehicles lining the road outside the plant.

Zhangjiakou is set to hold a few ski and snowboard events while China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The blast passed off at 00:forty one in Zhangjiakou, a town some 200km (124 miles) northwest of Beijing. Thirty-8 trucks and 12 automobiles were engulfed by way of flames, metropolis officials said.

The injured had been taken to medical institution.

"On-web site search and rescue paintings and investigation of the purpose of the accident are nevertheless beneath way," the town's government stated.

Factory officials stated the plant had ceased manufacturing.

Despite its rapid economic development, China has struggled with industrial safety issues and chemical explosions arise regularly, the BBC's Stephen McDonnell reviews from Beijing.

At least 19 humans were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in Sichuan in July.

In 2015, 173 humans died in an explosion at a chemical warehouse within the north-japanese port city of Tianjin. An respectable research into the blast located that corruption, political connections and respectable collusion allowed corners to be reduce and protection systems to be overridden.