Twenty-four people were seriously injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China’s Guizhou Province on June 10, local authorities said. Gas leaked from a section of a gas pipeline operated by PetroChina in Shazi town of Qinglong county and then ignited, causing a significant explosion and fire.
Xinhua said that of the 24 hospitalised, eight were in critical condition and 16 in serious condition, but the injuries were not life threatening. Local rescuers were still searching to see if there are more casualties.
The pipeline is an extension of a Myanmar-China pipeline that delivers natural gas from Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s coast to southwest China. It was automatically shut down after the explosion and the fire was put out three hours later.
An investigation into the gas leak is under way.
A similar blast caused by heavy rains and a landslide near the same section of pipeline in Shazi killed eight and injured 35 in July 2017.