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House explodes in Guangxi, killing 1, hurting 3

By Shi Ruipeng in Nanning and Chen Meiling | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-05-07 13:48

One person died and three were injured on Thursday afternoon when a house exploded in Napo town in the Tianyang district of Baise, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities reported.

The explosion was attributed to thermal expansion materials stored at a rented house. The materials were purchased on Saturday by a man surnamed Deng, a tenant of the house, and were to be used in road repair work, the authorities said.

At 6 pm on Thursday, the materials exploded, resulting in four casualties at a neighboring automobile repair shop. The blast also damaged several vehicles and houses. Property loss is estimated to be 500,000 yuan ($77,400).

All the injured people have received medical treatment and vital signs are stable, the authorities said.

Similar potentially explosive materials are being sought for inspection across the district.

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