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LNG Spill in China, Hundreds Evacuated

Hundreds of households were evacuated after a gas spill in a city in northeastern China

Hundreds of households were evacuated after a liquefied natural gas spill in a city in northeastern China, state media reported Tuesday.

The spill in Fushun city in Liaoning province on Monday also forced the evacuation of workers from 15 factories and students from two primary schools.

The evacuations were ordered when about 100 tons of LNG leaked from a tank belonging to Fushun LNG Company Ltd, Xinhua quoted Jiang Yonghe, director of the Fushun Firefighting Bureau, as saying.

It said more than 300 firefighters and policemen were called up to help control the leak and evacuate residents in Fushun.

Industrial accidents are common in China and have resulted in protests throughout the country because of lax government controls and because companies often ignore proper safety procedures.