Looks like Apple’s luck ran out once again. There was an explosion at the Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killing two workers and injured another sixteen. The company is taking the case very seriously and will continue to investigate the causes.
Things appear to be doing better at Foxconn as the production queue was stopped and all the power cut off. Both the iPhone 5/4s and the iPad 2 got to suffer from this tragedy and the full extent of the damage is yet unknown. It is estimated that the parts lost in the fire could lead to a deficit of a few million units as the factory produces parts for Nokia as well.
In the statement Foxconn sent to CNET it becomes clear that the damage is of both physical and psychological nature:
“We can confirm that at approximately 7 p.m. on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.”
Apple also sympathises with the tragic loss of the two workers and the others who got injured. The company didn’t respond to CNET’s call but managed to release a statement for AllThingsD’s: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”
The event was covered by Chinese news crews and the deflagration itself was revealed as “caused by a super-light dust explosion”. Rumors suggest that there was a lightning storm at the time the explosion happened or that the factory got engulfed in fire due to technical malfunctions at the inside ventilation system.
BBC reports revealed that the clouds coming from the factory were toxic and highly dangerous. The building itself got weakened by the fire and then by the water coming from the fire teams. More details will be revealed after a detailed inquiry of the eye witnesses.