Fire engulfs petrochemical plant in E. China

A fire that engulfed a petrochemical plant in east China’s Shandong Province on Thursday morning has been brought under control, and no casualties have been reported, according to firefighters.

The blaze broke out at around 7:40 a.m. as tanks containing liquefied hydrocarbon leaked at the plant in the city of Rizhao.

More than 130 firefighters rushed to the site.

According to the city’s environmental protection bureau, environmental personnel monitoring air quality around the plant have found excessive content of harmful non-methane hydrocarbon in some places.

However, the density of the pollutant is dropping, the bureau said.

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