East China chemicals facility on fire after explosion: state media

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Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:33 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A chemical storage facility in China's eastern Jiangsu province caught fire after an explosion on Friday, state media said.

The official Xinhua news agency said casualties were still undetermined and the fire had not yet been controlled after the blast around 9 a.m. Photographs on the news agency's website showed a thick plume of black smoke rising into the sky.

China has vowed to improve industrial safety standards after chemical blasts in the Chinese port city of Tianjin last August killed 165 people.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Ed Davies)