At least 13 individuals are reported dead and 46 injured following a blast that occurred at a nickel plant in Indonesia.

According to a spokesperson for an industrial park in eastern Indonesia, an accident occurred during repair work on a furnace.

An explosion at a nickel-processing plant, funded by China, resulted in the death of at least 13 people and injury to 46 others.

Sulawesi, an island known for its nickel production, experienced the incident at a facility owned by PT Indonesia Tsingshan Stainless Steel in the Morowali Industrial Park.

Out of the 13 fatalities, nine were Indonesian workers and four were Chinese workers.

The explosion occurred during furnace repair, igniting a flammable liquid and causing nearby oxygen tanks to explode. This led to the injury of the majority of people due to exposure to hot steam.

The fire was extinguished on Sunday morning, and the industrial park expressed deep sadness for the affected families.

Footage and photos from the scene showed smoke emerging from the facility and the bodies of the victims lined up in orange body bags.

The facility is operated by PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry (GNI), a local unit of China’s Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry.

Previously, incidents in the same industrial park included a riot resulting in two deaths during a protest over safety conditions and pay, as well as a fire that caused one fatality and injured six others.

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