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Explosion at 'inhumane' Chinese iPad factory kills 2

21 May 11

An explosion at a Chinese iPad factory has killed two people and injured a dozen.

The explosion happened at the Chengdu Foxconn factory, one that has attracted attention over the last twelve months for alleged mistreatment of workers.

No word on official cause yet. 

Foxconn officials gave the following statement to Gizmodo:

"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."