In an Explosion and a fire near a Chinese chemical factory are at least 22 people were killed. More than 20 other people were injured in the accident in the Northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou, according to the authorities. The Explosion triggered a fire have 38 load and 12 other vehicles destroyed.

From the state broadcaster CGTN published photos showed burnt-out Trucks and cars and fire-fighting forces in the field.

The disaster occurred near the factory, Hebei Shenghua Chemical. The city of Zhangjiakou is about 200 kilometers Northwest of Beijing.

The cause of the disaster is unclear. The authorities opened an investigation. In China, it always comes back to industrial accidents with the dead. Often non-compliance with safety regulations are the reason.