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Blast at fireworks factory in southern China kills 6, injures 38

  • In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, a man looks after his wounded relative at a hospital after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Liling in south China's Hunan province. An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed at least 12 people and injured dozens of others, the local government said Tuesday.  (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, a man looks after his wounded relative at a hospital after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Liling in south China's Hunan province. An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed at least 12 people and injured dozens of others, the local government said Tuesday. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, a man looks after his wounded relative at a hospital after an explosion at a firework factory in Liling in south China's Hunan province. An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed at least 12 people and injured dozens of others, the local government said Tuesday.  (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, a man looks after his wounded relative at a hospital after an explosion at a firework factory in Liling in south China's Hunan province. An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed at least 12 people and injured dozens of others, the local government said Tuesday. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT  (The Associated Press)

An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China on Monday killed six people and injured 38 others, the local government said.

The blast shook Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory, the city of Liling in Hunan province said. The factory is properly licensed, it said.

It did not say what caused the explosion but said it was a work safety incident.

Workplace accidents are common in China because of lax enforcement of safety regulations, although safety standards are improving.

China is the world's largest producer of fireworks, which are widely used to celebrate the lunar new year. The festival falls in February in 2015.