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Factory blast in China kills at least 16

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(CNN) -- A factory explosion in eastern China early Sunday killed at least 16 people and injured 43, state-run media reported.

Villagers walk on the rubble of workshops after an explosion in east China's Anhui province on Sunday.

Villagers walk on the rubble of workshops after an explosion in east China's Anhui province on Sunday.

Most of the fatalities in the Anhui province blast were employees and the injured were local residents, according to state-run Xinhua.

The factory, Jingxin Mining Co., produces quartz sand, Xinhua said.

The company is privately-owned and has about 100 employees, according to Xinhua.

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