Serious Explosion Rocks Foxconn Plant Where iPad 2s Are Produced
A developing story is emerging from the far east this morning, as scant reports with few details available indicate that an explosion has occurred at the Foxonnn plant in China - the very location where the iPad 2 is believed to be primarily manufactured.
The explosion is believed to have occurred around 4:00 am PST this morning. All that is known for the time being is that several workers - including six men and one woman - have been injured, some critically. There are also unconfirmed reports of several deaths. The cause of the blast, as you can imagine, has not yet been revealed to the public.
According to MICgadget, which appears to have broken the story in the US, sources quoted indicated the following: “The explosion occurred in the A05... the explosion caused many materials casted out from the building, and there are at least hundreds or more of workers inside the building. The whole building did not collapse yet, I do not know what is going on inside. Now there are more than 10 fire engines, 10 ambulances, many police cars.”
While the human suffering and potential loss of life is of paramount concern, there is also understandable apprehension about the prospect of the explosion further delaying iPad 2 production. At this time, it isn't clear if or how production will be impacted.
Minutes ago, the Wall Street Journal
confirmed that at least two people have tragically been pronounced dead so far in connection with the blast. Additional injuries were also reported.