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Stored Dynamite Explodes, Killing 86

A load of dynamite stored by a businessman in the basement of a two-story apartment building has exploded in the central Chinese province of Hunan, killing at least 86 people and injuring more than 400.

The building collapsed when the seven to 10 tons of dynamite exploded Wednesday evening.

Local officials on Friday said efforts were continuing in Jiqicun village, a suburb of Shaoyang city, 940 miles southwest of Beijing, to rescue those trapped in the rubble of the building.

It was unclear whether the businessman who owned the dynamite died in the explosion, or why the explosives had been stored in the building, the mayor said.

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