China Karaoke Joint Bombed- 26 Dead in Blast

A ton of mining explosives were used in the blast that killed 26 at a karaoke bar in Liaoning Province earlier this week.

A damaged truck is seen near the blast site of a karaoke parlour in Benxi County, northeast China’s Liaoning province July 5, 2007. Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead and 33 injured after a privately-owned karaoke parlour in northeast China was blown to smithereens on Wednesday night, local sources said on Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported. (REUTERS/Xinhua/Li Gan)

Chinese authorities believe that a ton of explosives were used to blast a karaoke bar to smithereens this week.
NZ Herald reported:

An illegal stash of mining explosives was probably to blame for a nightclub blast that killed at least 25 people in northeast China, media reports said on Friday.

The explosion ripped through the Liaoning province club, killing at least 25 and injuring 41, including eight young girls holding a birthday party and pedestrians outside the building.

“The explosion was so powerful that there must have been about one tonne of explosives,” the Beijing News quoted an investigator as saying.

The owner of the club, who was killed in the blast, had secretly stored the explosives in a vault in the township of Tianshifu, which has 300-400 licensed or unlicensed small coal mines, the newspaper quoted local residents as saying.

“The boss of the club was quite rich and ran a coal mine as well,” a local resident surnamed Liu told the newspaper.

The explosives were TNT made by a nearby factory and police also found detonators at the site, the Beijing News said.


A general view shows the blast site of a karaoke parlour in Benxi County, northeast China’s Liaoning province July 5, 2007. Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead and 33 injured after a privately-owned karaoke parlour in northeast China was blown to smithereens on Wednesday night, local sources said on Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported. (REUTERS/Xinhua)

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