At around 19:00 in China, Foxconn Chengdu manufacture plant got an explosion, we are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted. At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars had arrived on the scene. And, the explosion is happened in an operating room inside Foxconn. Video of the scene after the break.
Latest UPDATE: According to our sources, the cause of the explosion is due to a special dust, which is used to clean the screens of the iPads. It is flammable. And someone was smoking. Oh, the explosion occurred in a “polishing plant”.
All we can see is smoke everywhere.
A CCTV reporter who is at the scene now said, a witness told the reporter that the explosion happened at 19:10. And, doctor said he had already received 6-7 people injured, and more injuries are coming. The reporter was told to stay away from the building, because there might be a second explosion.
According to Ji Qing Ling’s weibo said,
“the explosion occurred in the A05, at 7 pm, the explosion caused many materials casted out from the building, and there are at least hundreds or more of workers inside the building. The whole building did not collapse yet, I do not know what is going on inside. Now there are more than 10 fire engines, 10 ambulances, many police cars.”
In addition, Sina Tech had made a call to Foxconn’s spokesperson, however his phone is on, but no one is answering. Please stay tuned on us for the latest news.
The explosion is happened in A5 building (A05), and we heard that building is also the production line of iPad 2! 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor are affected as well. The explosion is likely to cause by super-light dust.
The scene is very chaos. All we can hear is the noise of people shouting, fire engines, ambulances and police cars. The video just uploaded for one hour.
At 21:00, there are 6 men and 1 woman were sent to the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital. Those seven people are young adults, including two of them are seriously injured, two of them are slightly injured and the other three were minor.
Allegedly, the explosion was occurred while the workers’ transition.
At the moment, there are more people injured and even killed. Two people were killed and 16 injured, 3 seriously injured. After the Chinese police initial investigation of the explosion, they suggested the cause ruled out human factors.
Those are the photos took at outside of the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital. And the 2nd explosion still has not occurred yet. But the good news is:
“The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation.”
According to CCTV report, the fire at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant had been settled and the place is raining now. They still haven’t heard about the cause of the explosion and not sure whether the smokes are toxic or not. Apparently, the demand and scalping price of iPad 2 in China will definitely increase dramatically and this tragedy will have a great impact on the iPad 2 production line. So, would the manufacture for Apple products get delayed?
And Foxconn has sent Gizmodo official details on the accident.
We can confirm that at approximately 7 pm on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.
The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation.
Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.
Last but not least, the minor wounded are fine to go home, but those who are seriously injured have been transferred to provincial hospitals. There are some footages of the scene in the video below.
Oh, one more thing. Looks like Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is now heading to the Chengdu plant to fix the mess, according to Taiwanese news report. With his private jet?
Surprisingly, Apple has provided a statement to All Things D, saying:
We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families… We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.
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