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Apple Says Working With Foxconn to Explore Cause of China Explosion

Apple said on Friday that it is working with contract manufacturer Foxconn to understand what caused an explosion at a China factory where Foxconn makes goods for Apple.

At least two people died in the explosion and 16 were hurt at the blast in Chengdu, China, according to a Wall Street Journal report. According to various reports, the plant is the one where Apple makes its iPad 2 tablets.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” Apple said in a statement provided to All Things D. “We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

Apple declined to say what the impact to production might be, or comment beyond the statement.

UPDATE: In a statement sent to All Things D, Foxconn said:

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.


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