updated 9/2/2009 11:17:16 AM ET 2009-09-02T15:17:16

A chemical explosion in eastern China killed 18 people and injured 10 others on Wednesday, state media reported.

The blast occurred about 4 p.m. local time as workers unloaded chemicals from a truck in Lanshan district in Linyi city in Shandong province. It was not known what chemicals were involved.

Seven people died immediately at the scene and 11 others succumbed to injuries at a hospital.

A fire ignited by the explosion was extinguished shortly afterward. An investigation into the blast was under way, the report said.

No other details were immediately available.

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