Explosion rocks Foxconn iPad factory in Chengdu, China; 2 dead, 16 injured

“An explosion took place at one plant of Foxconn International, an affiliate of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Group and a major OEM supplier of Apple Computer’s hot-selling iPhones and iPads, last night in Chengdu City of China’s southwestern Sichuan County,” The China Post reports.

“A China Central TV reporter who was at the scene said, a witness told reporters and firemen that the explosion happened at 19:10 p.m.,” The China Post reports. “One doctor at a hospital nearby said he had already received half a dozen of people injured, and more injuries were on the way, said the CCTV report.”

The China Post reports, “The explosion caused many materials cast out from the building, and there were at least hundreds or more of workers rushed out of the building amid heavy smokes. The whole building was engulfed in fire and smoke as dozens of fire engines, ambulances, and police cars quickly rushed to the scene.”

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MacDailyNews Note: See raw video here.

James T. Areddy reports for The Wall Street Journal, “A large explosion ripped through a Foxconn high-tech plant in southwestern China Friday night, killing at least two people, a government official said.”

“The facility, near Chengdu, has in the past been identified in media as a manufacturing location for Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer,” Areddy reports. “A statement from the news department of the Chengdu Municipal government said two people are confirmed dead and 16 injured, including three seriously. The government appeared to rule out foul play, saying the explosion didn’t have a human factor.”

Areddy reports, “Details of the explosion are sketchy but video posted to the Internet and broadcast by China Central Television shows black billowing smoke from the massive facility.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mason2046” for the heads up.]

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  1. The victims here most likely work alot harder than any of us are working today for alot less.

    @Cubert…my wife is Chinese and is the best thing that ever happened to me…many years after dating numerous spoiled, materialistic, inefficient, and superficial American women.

  2. “the explosion happened at 19:10 p.m.”
    Isn’t that redundant?

    I’m willing to bet that Foxconn, in the Chinese tradition, were cobbling together a pirate model iPad, plugged the monstrosity into the wall and …

    1. Black humor aside:
      Chinese citizens are treated as low wage slaves. I mourn their suffering before, during and after each crisis. The same is the case with illegal aliens in the USA.

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