Explosion at Chinese battery recycling plant kills one and injures 20

Company apologises and offers condolences to victims and families 

Jane Dalton
Friday 08 January 2021 18:46
Comments
The blast happened at a battery-recycling centre (stock image)
The blast happened at a battery-recycling centre (stock image)

One person was killed and 20 injured in a huge explosion at a Chinese battery-recycling plant, authorities in the country say.

The blast sent a mushroom cloud into the air and sparked a fire that could be seen from several kilometres away, China News reported.

The explosion, in a workshop in Ningxiang city, in the southern province of Hunan, was caused by waste aluminium foil catching fire, factory chiefs said.

A total of 288 firefighters and soldiers from 36 fire lorries were sent to the scene.  

Six people who were seriously injured and 14 with minor injuries were all taken to hospital.  

Guangdong  Brunp Recycling Technology, which runs the plant, said it doused the blaze following the explosion.  

In a statement, it apologised for the impact of the accident and offered condolences to victims and their families. An official statement from Ningde, home to parent company CATL, said lessons would be learnt. 

China News said that monitoring showed the ambient air quality around the plant was normal but that “aftermath work” was in progress.

Hunan Bangpu Recycling is China’s largest national high-tech firm for recycling lithium batteries and the production of high-end battery materials, China News said.

In 2019, an explosion at a chemical plant in Jiangsu in China killed 47 people and injured more than 600 others.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in