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| Six dead, over 300 hurt in China pipeline blast|
| Updated at: 1213 PST, Wednesday, July 28, 2010|
BEIJING: At least six people died and more than 300 others were injured in an explosion when a chemical pipeline ignited in eastern China on Wednesday, state media reported.
The blast occurred in the city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, at about 10:00 am (0200 GMT), China National Radio said on its website. It said a pipeline carrying ethylene blew up on the grounds of an abandoned plastics factory.
The official news agency said its reporters had seen six people recorded as dead at nearby hospitals. More than 300 people, including 52 with serious injuries, were rushed to local hospitals for treatment, the China News Service said.
Authorities were still trying to determine the total number of casualties from the blast, which blew out windows in buildings up to 300 meters (yards) away, reports said. The explosion hit a bus passing through the area, injuring many passengers, agency said.