Wuhan, China — An explosion at a new research lab in China has sent a huge plume of black smoke billowing out of the building, as well as a massive plume that was spewing a large quantity of water into the air, according to experts.
The incident on Saturday at a facility run by the China National Radio and Television Research Institute (CNTRI) has raised concerns about the safety of the research lab, which has been set up to develop the next generation of water-saving technologies.
The agency’s chief executive has warned the plant has been built with high-level safety in mind.
A fire broke out at the lab in Wuhans capital, Wuhong, early Saturday, leaving behind smoke and fire damage.
No injuries were reported.
The fire was contained to the building and there were no reports of anyone else injured, said Li Zhongqing, a spokesman for the state-run China Meteorological Administration.
Authorities said the fire was extinguished and no damage was done to the lab’s equipment.
The blast at the Wuhanz lab was reported at 1:30 a.m. local time, according for the China Meteorology Administration.
An explosion ripped through a building where scientists are working on the next-generation water-purifying technology at the institute, officials said.
It is unclear what caused the blast.
The facility is about a quarter-mile from the Wuzhen City Center in Wuzhenshan district.
It’s one of the few in China that has been able to run for more than two decades without a single major fire.
In the past, the institute has been under fire over pollution concerns.
A major explosion in a laboratory in Wuyun in 2016 caused a major disaster.
Authorities have been investigating the cause of the blast at Wuhannan lab.