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Report: Pipeline explosion kills 44 near Chinese port city

By CNN Staff
updated 8:52 PM EST, Fri November 22, 2013
Chinese rescuers search for victims after an oil pipeline exploded in Qingdao on November 22.
Chinese rescuers search for victims after an oil pipeline exploded in Qingdao on November 22.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The pipeline caught fire near the port city of Qingdao
  • Crews were trying to fix a leak at the time
  • The pipeline connects the oil port with chemical plants further inland

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(CNN) -- An oil pipeline exploded Friday in eastern China, killing at least 44 people, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Authorities said more than 135 others were injured when the pipeline caught fire near the port city of Qingdao, about 300 miles north of Shanghai. Rescue operations continued Saturday.

The oil line sprung a leak in the pre-dawn hours, Xinhua said, citing the city government. The oil flow was cut off, and workers went out to repair the breach. The explosion occurred in the late morning.

The pipeline, which is 176 kilometers (109 miles) long, belongs to Chinese petroleum giant Sinopec and connects the oil port to chemical plants further inland.

Maritime authorities are checking the coastline for possible oil leaks, Xinhua said. None have been reported so far.

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