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Factory fire, explosion shut down airport in NW China's Xinjiang

09-26-2010 08:57 BJT

URUMQI, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- A blaze broke out in a plastic factory near the airport of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Autunomous Region, late Saturday night, prompting authorities to temporarily shut down the airport, officials and witnesses said.

A plastic factory was heavily damaged by a fire and explosions near the airport of
Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, late Saturday
night, September 25, 2010. [Photo: Xinhua]

There is no report of casualties yet. At least 15 flights were disrupted.

Explosions were heard after the blaze engulfed Hengliji plastic plank factory located just outside the Diwapu International Airport of Urumqi at about 11 p.m.. Witnesses said blasts threw debris onto the airport ground.

Officials suspended the airport operations for an hour to clear the ground. Flights resumed at mid-night Saturday.

Firemen operating a dozen of fire engines are extinguishing the blaze.

Police are investigating the case.

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