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Fireworks factory blast kills 3, injures 53 in south China

Chinese state media say three people have been killed and 53 injured in an explosion at a fireworks plant in the southern province of Jiangxi.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that one person was missing from the blast that shook Hongsheng Fireworks Plant in a village outside the city of Shangrao.

A local government confirmed the incident on its official website.

Last week, an explosion at a fireworks factory in the central Chinese province of Henan killed 10 people and injured seven.

China is about two and a half weeks away from Lunar New Year celebrations, when holiday revelers set off fireworks. There are frequent fireworks-related incidents at factories in the weeks leading to the holiday, as China generally has a poor record in workplace safety.